According to Mediaite, former Donald Trump adviser Jared Kushner recently made a controversial statement during an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. Discussing the issue of anti-Semitism in America amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, Kushner remarked that, in his view, it is currently safer for American Jews in Saudi Arabia than on certain college campuses in the United States.
During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Kushner had the opportunity to address a conference, where he claimed to have spoken freely. He noted a significant discussion among the Saudi leaders about the recent attacks, expressing their concern for the well-being of Palestinian civilians. He emphasized their desire for Israel to successfully combat the threats they face, suggesting a shared stance against terrorism in the region. Additionally, he highlighted the enthusiasm to continue the efforts initiated during the Trump administration, an approach he claims the Biden administration has also embraced, to foster improved relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Kushner’s reference to Columbia University appears to be in response to the series of pro-Palestinian protests that occurred at various educational institutions in the United States during the recent escalation of conflict. Notably, the billionaire Columbia graduate Leon Cooperman publicly announced his decision to cease donations to the university in response to these demonstrations, expressing his disapproval.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Kushner’s private equity firm received a substantial $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, personally approved by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, following his departure from the White House. This development has raised ongoing questions about the potential influence of Saudi Arabia on the policies associated with the Trump administration.
It was a very interesting time to be over there. I’ve been there many times before. One of the ironies is that as an American Jew, you’re safer in Saudi Arabia right now than you are at a college campus like Columbia University.
I spoke at the conference. They allowed me to speak freely, and what I sensed there was that there is obviously a very big discussion of what would happen with the tremendous terrorist attack perpetrated by Hamas. The people of Saudi Arabia have a lot of care for the Palestinian civilians, and so they would like to see Israel accomplish the mission, to make sure Hamas could be eliminated. They’re against terrorism in the region in general, and quite frankly, there’s a lot of enthusiasm to continue the trajectory that was set under the Trump administration — and that the Biden administration has embraced — to try and bring Israel and Saudi Arabia together…