Saturday, September 7, 2019

Trump Names 29-Year Old Friend of Jared to Head Middle East Peace Negotiations

Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz
From New York Magazine:

One of President Trump’s most absurd personnel moves was appointing his real-estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt as special envoy to the Middle East. Greenblatt had no serious foreign policy experience, a fairly serious drawback when the task involves resolving one of the most famously intractable foreign policy challenges in the world.

Greenblatt has reportedly drawn up his plan. But before it’s unveiled, he is leaving the White House, a sequence of timing that should probably not increase one’s confidence in the plan’s prospects of success. Axios reports most of Greenblatt’s responsibilities will be transferred to Avi Berkowitz. Who is Avi Berkowitz? He’s a 29-year-old Jared Kushner friend who graduated from law school in 2016...

From there he joined the Trump campaign as “assistant director of data analytics,” where he was tasked with producing the campaign’s “pre- and post-presidential-debate talk show that became a nightly Facebook Live discussion in the weeks leading up to the election...

From there, Berkowitz settled in under Kushner...

His role was “primarily administrative and involves assisting Kushner in daily logistics.” And now he is reportedly in charge of diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians!



  1. It does sound absurd, but then how well have all the so-called "experienced, highly qualified" special envoys done over time?

  2. It's odd to send someone who's first loyalty is to Israel to conduct such negotiations.