- Kushner Says Israel-Saudi Arabia Normalization is an ‘Inevitability’
Following landmark deal with UAE, US president’s son-in-law and adviser says Jerusalem and Riyadh will ‘do great things together,’ despite silence from Saudis on accord
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Friday that normalized ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia were inevitable, following the US-brokered agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates the day before. Arab countries that are friendly to Israel welcomed the historic accord, but regional power Saudi Arabia has remained conspicuously silent following its announcement.
Saudi Arabia, like Israel and the UAE, shares Iran as a common foe and maintains close ties to Washington. Kushner, who reportedly played a role in brokering the Israel-UAE agreement, said in an interview with CNBC on Friday that Saudi Arabia’s younger generation admired Israel and sought ties with the Jewish state.
“They see Israel as almost the Silicon Valley of the Middle East and they want to be connected to it as a trading partner, as a technology partner, as a security partner,” Kushner said of young Saudis.