Kushner’s ties to Israel are deep and personal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent time a Jewish school bank-rolled by Kushner’s father. As well, Kushner’s grandparents narrowly escaped Nazi camps, and his family has real estate in Israel. Some of the real estate is said to have been built in West Bank territory designated for Palestinians—which is considered illegal in the agreement terms between Israel and Palestine.
For generations, Jerusalem has been a site of contention between three major religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Serving as sacred ground, today, it is disputed territory between Israelis and Palestinians.
With Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s, he intervened on negotiations between Israel and Palestine. On the matter, Iraqi prime minister said, “Jerusalem is the title of coexistence between all religions and nations, and no country has the right to legitimize the occupation, go beyond the UN resolutions and affect the legitimate rights of Palestine.”
Since Trump’s declaration, Palestinians marched in the street to demonstrate Trump’s declaration and Jewish control. Protests resulted in bloody clashes with Israeli police and military, causing more tensions in an already unstable region of the world.
While Netanyahu approves Trump’s backing, the formal recognition positions the United States and Israel in opposition of other nations. This alliance, in the future, might have deep political consequences.