Trump’s Son-in-Law See Gaza As ‘Waterfront Property’

( – Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has prompted outrage by describing the Gaza Strip’s “waterfront properties” as potentially valuable if Israel “moves people out” and “cleans up” the area. He said it was possible to transform the region if leaders focused on improving “livelihoods” instead of funding the vast tunnel network and array of weaponry utilized by the designated terror group Hamas. “I would do my best to move the people out and then clean it up,” he explained.

Kushner stood by his comments following criticism and said Palestinian lives will only improve when people call out the failings of their leadership and hold it to account.

Democratic Rep. Gerry Connelly of Virginia called the remarks “repugnant beyond imagining.” He told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that Kushner’s suggestions amount to ethnic cleansing and are indicative of what Gaza can expect under a second Donald Trump Presidency. Sciutto claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to displace Palestinians, and Kushner’s language lends credence to those aims. Connelly confirmed that he believes a future Trump administration will “give Netanyahu what he wants.”

Writing for MSNBC, opinion editor Zeeshan Aleem agreed and called Kushner’s comments “illiterate and offensive.” Aleem wrote that Kushner’s words cannot be dismissed as “ramblings” because he had previously served as a Middle East adviser to President Trump. He added that it is “insensitive” to discuss the Gaza Strip in real estate terms as it suffers bombardment by Israel’s Defense Forces, which have caused tens of thousands of deaths since the Hamas terror attack on the Jewish state last October.

Just before his inauguration in 2017, Mr. Trump praised his son-in-law, saying he could bring peace to the embattled region. Kushner served as a senior adviser to President Trump from 2017 until 2021 and helped to broker the Abraham Accords of 2020, which promoted the normalization of relations between the Jewish state and Arab nations, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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