Jared Kushner: Peace Possible Because of 'a Strong America Recognizing the Truth'

By Susan Jones | May 14, 2018 | 10:33am EDT
Jared Kushner speaks at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14.  (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - "The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way that we can," President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner told the embassy-opening ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday.

Kushner said people will look back on this day and "remember that the journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth."

That truth was later articulated by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who said, "You can only build peace on truth. And the truth is that Jerusalem has been, and will always be, the capital of the Jewish people,  the capital of the Jewish State."

 

Kushner briefly mentioned recent protests against the embassy move, including the Palestinian violence that continued elsewhere as he was speaking: "As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution."

He also noted the "sensitivity" surrounding Jerusalem, calling it a city that "means so much to so many," including three major religions.

"While the challenges to peace are numerous, I have personally seen that the determination of the leaders in the region and throughout the world remains steadfast. They have seen too much pain, sorrow, and wasted opportunity, and they think it's time to try something better," Kushner said.

"As Israel turns 70, the search for a lasting peace turns over a new leaf -- one of realism and of not being afraid to stand strongly with our allies for what is good, for what is right, and for what is true...When there is peace in this region, we will look back upon this day and remember that the journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth.

"The pursuit of peace is the most noble pursuit of humankind," Kushner continued. "I believe peace is within reach if we dare to believe that the future can be different from the past, that we are not condemned to relive history, and that the way things were is not how they must forever be. It will not be an easy road and it will be filled with difficult moments and tough decisions, but if we dream big, if we lead with courage, we can change the trajectory for millions from hopeless to boundless."

On December 6, 2017, when President Trump announced that he would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, he said the move would not detract from peace-making efforts:

"The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides," Trump said at the time. "I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement. Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides."

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