Back then, Mr. Kushner was a high school basketball player, a Billy Joel fan, a quiz team manager and no one’s guess to become a negotiating partner with Mr. Netanyahu. But unlike other students on the trip, he knew the prime minister, who was friendly with his father, a real estate developer and donor to Israeli causes. Mr. Netanyahu had even stayed at the Kushners’ home in New Jersey, sleeping in Jared’s bedroom. (The teenager moved to the basement that night.)
On Wednesday, when the Israeli prime minister visits the White House, Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Kushner will reunite on far different terms from before — and yet their meeting will be imbued with some of the shared ideas of those old encounters.
A few years later, Charles Kushner and Mr. Netanyahu still seemed close: When the Israeli media obtained Mr. Netanyahu’s partly handwritten list of wealthy Americans most likely to fund his party’s primary elections, Mr. Kushner was near the top.
“What will Israel’s future relationship with Assad,” one community member asked Netanyahu.
“I’m questioning whether Assad has a future at all,” Netanyahu responded.
But he clarified that Israel is not involved in any attempts to unseat Assad and that it is involved in the Syrian conflict only to the extant that is necessary to protect Israeli interests.
Israel asked the United States to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s three-day visit to Washington, in which the Trump administration affirmed the unbreakable bond between the two countries.
The prime minister brought up the issue of the Golan both at his meeting with Trump at the White House on Wednesday as well as with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday. After the meetings, Netanyahu told reporters that the US leaders’ response was “not Earth shattering.”
Genie Energy Ltd. has announced that it is establishing Atid Drilling Ltd., an onshore drilling services venture based in Israel. Atid will pursue drilling opportunities for clients in a variety of fields, including oil and gas exploration, water resource development and mineral exploration.
Atid has executed a binding MOU to purchase a drilling rig and associated drilling equipment. The rig has successfully drilled five exploratory oil and gas wells in the Golan Heights over the past two years, and recently completed a water well that is geared to help farmers in the Golan who are coping with an extended drought.
In contrast to the often-chilly joint appearances that Netanyahu had with President Obama, the Israeli leader’s arrival on the south steps of the White House was full of smiles, kisses and warm handshakes shared by the two leaders and their wives.
“Our alliance has always been strong, but under your leadership, it will be even stronger,” Netanyahu said.
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Here’s how the media is describing establishment elitists Dina Powell and Gary Cohn.
But in Powell, Trump will snare one of Goldman’s young stars. Her appointment will ease some of the anxiety in the financial world about Trump. Kushner and Ivanka Trump are viewed as more moderate voices inclined to temper some of the new president’s more provocative instincts on the environment, trade, immigration and other issues. – Politico
“Everybody who wants to sort of modulate and moderate the president sees Gary as the best conduit to do that because he makes no apologies for who he is, and that’s a Goldman Sachs liberal Democrat from New York,” the former transition official said. – Yahoo News
Powell’s ties to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who recruited her, and to economic adviser Gary Cohn, a fellow Goldman alumnus, mean she has been labeled by some as part of a more moderate group at the White House – Associated Press
Some speculate as to whether Cohn and Powell may eventually begin to have an impact Trump’s messaging, perhaps making it more moderate than it has been under Bannon’s anti-establishment conservative influence. – Vanity Fair
In exclusive interviews below, Ray McGovern talks about lack of evidence for 2013 chemical attack. He also talks about reports he received from military personnel in Syria contradicting the narrative that Assad is responsible for the chemical attacks on Thursday morning.
Kushner is a traitor to the American people, we have had enough of his globalist agenda influencing our President. #FireKushner
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) April 7, 2017
— Deplorable Melissa (@sweetatertot2) April 8, 2017
I didn’t elect Kushner to nation build overseas. I elected Trump to build up our nation here.
Keep Bannon.#FireKushner. No more globalism.
— Elizabeth 🌹 (@BasedElizabeth) April 8, 2017
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