On Sunday, former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was nominated for the Nobel Peace Award for their role in negotiating four normalization deals known as the ‘Abraham Accords’ between Israel and Arab nations.
In negotiating agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, and Berkowitz, who was the Middle East envoy, were key players.
Alan Dershowitz, who was part of Mr Trump’s legal team during his first impeachment trial, who was qualified to do so in his capacity as professor emeritus of Harvard Law School nominated Jared Kushner, who’s 40-year-old, married to Mr Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka.
Reuters notes that the peace settlement, known as the Abraham Accords, was “the most important diplomatic breakthrough in the Middle East in 25 years.”
Mr. Kushner’s deputy, Avi Berkowitz, his deputy, was also nominated for the honour.
The pair will stand up to fellow candidates Greta Thunberg, the World Health Organisation, and Alexei Navalny, the Russian rebel, with an award to be presented in October.
But, with many taking to social media to slam the nomination, not everyone is impressed with the news.
The agreements were revealed between mid-August and mid-December in a four-month period and were the Middle East’s most significant diplomatic breakthroughs in 25 years as the region girds for a prolonged conflict with Iran.
He was proud to be named for the prize, which will be awarded in October, Kushner said in a statement.
It is expected that the administration of President Joe Biden will review all national security agreements signed during the Trump administration, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia weapons packages.
There have been several concerns from lawmakers about the Morocco agreement, since the United States acknowledged Morocco’s sovereignty over the contested Western Sahara region in order to get Morocco to agree to it.