Jared Kushner, former White House senior adviser and also the son-in-law of former US President Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday for his role in negotiating four normalization deals between Israel and Arab nations known as the “Abraham Accords.”
Along with Kushner and his deputy, Avi Berkowitz, who was the Middle East envoy in negotiating deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco was also nominated.
The deals were announced in a four-month span between mid-August and mid-December and were the most significant diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East in 25 years as the region girds for a prolonged confrontation with Iran.
Kushner said in a statement he was honored to be nominated for the prize, which will be awarded in October.
President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to review all national security deals reached during the Trump administration, including arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
There have been some complaints from lawmakers about the Morocco deal because to get Morocco to agree to it, the United States recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara region.
Though the pair are nominated, it would be interesting to see if the circumstances under which Trump left office would impact their chances of a win.