President Donald Trump's White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner accompanied by Saban Forum Chairman Him Saban, speaks during the Saban Forum 2017 in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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US President Donald Trump is close to a decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, his son-in-law and Middle East peace envoy Jared Kushner said Sunday.Kushner, the 36-year-old head of a small and tight-knit White House negotiating team, made a rare public appearance to put an optimistic face on his efforts.Every US president has done this since 1995, judging the time not ripe for such a move, and Trump is expected to begrudgingly do so for a second time this week.Kushner, in common with US official thinking under previous administrations, sees a Israeli-Palestinian settlement as coming before any great re-alignment.Kushner reportedly directed him to speak with Moscow's envoy to sway a United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements shortly before Trump took office.His focus was firmly on the threat of Iran, which he again compared to Nazi Germany in its alleged determination to "murder Jews".His address barely touched on the Palestinian issue, but did speak of regional peace, under a longer timeframe than the one Kushner has in mind.
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