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When politicians are suspected of having conflicts of interest, they are often said to be “in bed” with other individuals or institutions. In the case of the Trump administration and Israel, it’s hardly a metaphor — the Israeli prime minister actually has slept in the childhood bedroom of the man appointed to oversee U.S. policy on Israel-Palestine.
Donald Trump has installed his 36-year-old son-in-law Jared Kushner, a wealthy real estate heir, as a leading adviser on Middle East policy. The president promised his son-in-law will “do peace” in the region.
Where exactly Kushner’s political sympathies lie could hardly be any clearer. His family has long donated to pro-Israel groups, and a new report in the New York Times, euphemistically titled “For Kushner, Israel Policy May Be Shaped by the Personal,” casually mentioned hard-line right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once even stayed in his home.
Kushner’s ties to Netanyahu go back to his teenage years. He “knew the prime minister, who was friendly with his father, a real estate developer and donor to Israeli causes,” the Times noted. It added, “Netanyahu had even stayed at the Kushners’ home in New Jersey, sleeping in Jared’s bedroom. (The teenager moved to the basement that night.)”
The ties go deeper still. Kushner directed a family foundation that gave money to illegal Israeli settlements…