Kushner, Berkowitz nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Israel-Arab offers

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Feb 1, 2021

Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz, who labored on Israel’s normalization agreements with Arab states for former President Donald Trump, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Kushner served as a senior White House adviser and Berkowitz as Trump’s particular consultant for worldwide negotiations. They left their positions when Joe Biden succeeded Trump as president on Jan. 20. Kushner can also be Trump’s son-in-law.

The two had been nominated on Sunday for his or her roles in final yr’s Arab-Israeli normalization agreements by distinguished US legal professional Alan Dershowitz, Reuters reported. Dershowitz is a vocal Israel supporter and frequent commentator on US politics. He was in a position to make a nomination as a result of his standing as a professor emeritus of Harvard Law School, in accordance with the outlet.

Kushner and Berkowitz had been closely concerned within the US-brokered Abraham Accords that constituted the primary institution of diplomatic relations between Israel and Arab states for the reason that 1990s. The September settlement resulted in Israel normalizing its ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Israel has since opened an embassy within the UAE and signed a sequence of cooperation agreements with each states.

The accords led to additional normalization offers between Israel and nations within the wider Arab area. Israel and Morocco agreed to re-establish relations in December in a US-brokered deal. Israel reopened its liaison workplace within the nation final week. Sudan can also be contemplating establishing ties with Israel, and Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen visited Khartoum final week.

The agreements had been vital as a result of most states within the Middle East and North Africa don’t acknowledge Israel. Before the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, solely Jordan and Egypt had full diplomatic relations with Israel within the area. Israel’s lack of diplomatic recognition pertains to the continued Israeli-Palestinian battle.

Kushner and Berkowitz weren’t the one individuals engaged on regional points to be nominated. Aminatou Haidar, an activist supporting the independence of Western Sahara from Morocco, additionally acquired a nomination, in accordance with Reuters.

Relatedly, the United States agreed to acknowledge Morocco’s sovereignty claims in Western Sahara as a part of the Israel-Morocco deal. Many Western Saharans and far of the worldwide group contemplate the territory occupied by Morocco.

Kushner and Berkowitz aren’t the primary individuals to obtain a Nobel nomination associated to the Abraham Accords. A right-wing Norwegian parliamentarian nominated Trump for the prize in September, citing the historic settlement.

The Nobel Peace Prize is a prestigious award chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. It is awarded to people or entities who additional worldwide peace. The subsequent winner will likely be introduced in October following a prolonged choice course of.

There is precedent for awarding the prize to individuals engaged on Middle Eastern diplomatic points. Then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat acquired the prize in 1994 for the Oslo Accord.