Jared Kushner, former White House senior adviser and deputy White House deputy, Avi Berkowitz, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in negotiating four Normalization deals Between Israel and Arab countries Known as the “Abraham Agreements”.
Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Berkowitz, the Middle East envoy, have been key figures negotiating deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
American attorney Alan Dershowitz nominated the two former vice-presidents at the time Donald Trump, who was qualified to do so as professor emeritus at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz defended Trump in his first impeachment trial last year and told the Wall Street Journal on Jan.20 that the Senate should dismiss the indictment against the former president, as he is no longer in office.
Thousands of people, from members of parliaments around the world to past winners, are eligible to propose candidates. The nominations, which closed on Sunday, do not imply approval by the Nobel Committee.
Other nominees for the award this year include Russian dissident Alexei Navalin, WHO and climate activist Greta Thunberg. All of them are backed by Norwegian lawmakers who have a proven track record in choosing a winner.
The “Abraham Accords” were announced between mid-August and mid-December and were the most important diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East in 25 years as the region prepares for a prolonged confrontation with Iran.
Kushner said in a statement that he was honored to be nominated for the award, 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 were some complaints from lawmakers about the Morocco deal because, to get Morocco’s approval for it, the United States recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara region.
Trump left office on January 20 amid a cloud of controversy, which may affect whether the couple will receive the award.