The White House's proposed peace plan for the Middle East, controversial since its inception, has been making headlines due to a number of developments. The team leading it is conflicted, however, by private business interests operating in Israeli-occupied territory against international law.
The team is composed of four key individuals: David Friedman, Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and Nikki Haley. Friedman is the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Kushner is Senior Advisor to the U.S. President, Greenblatt is Assistant to the U.S. President and Special Representative for International Negotiations and Haley is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley in particular has frequently led military hostilities against other countries for Israel's interests while at the U.N. with the most notable being the airstrikes launched against Syria in 2017 and 2018.
CNN, despite routinely criticizing the Trump administration, recently gave the members of this team an op-ed spot while never once having reported on their ties to these interests in Israel which conflict with U.S. policies and risk American lives due to the apparent need to protect them.
The op-ed written by the team almost exclusively blames Palestinians for their deaths at the hands of Israel and her military, stating that Hamas is primarily responsible.
Greenblatt, the Mideast envoy, holds shares in an American-Israeli company called Genie Energy. Aside from this being a major conflict of interest during U.S. airstrikes against Syria's government, it also calls into question Greenblatt's ability to be impartial while serving the public, instead of representing Israeli objectives in the region.
Genie Energy, an energy corporation which is fracking in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, used to have concerns closer to Gaza and Jerusalem in southern Israel under the now-defunct Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI).
Greenblatt has been involved in overseeing energy disputes in Israel.
Another point of concern is that Genie Energy also has executive and board member overlap with another energy corporation: Noble Energy. Noble Energy was involved in Netanyahu's extortion and subsequent theft of Palestinian claims to the Leviathan gas field off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
Greenblatt, Haley and Kushner have also been aiming for the "liquidation" of Palestinian's refugee status, following the team's cutting of funding to the United Nations Relief And Works Agency For Palestine Refugees In The Near East (UNRWA). Some Palestinian refugees recognized under the UNRWA also reside in Syria, which according to international law, is where Genie Energy is drilling.
“It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote about the agency in one of those emails, dated Jan. 11 and addressed to several other senior officials, including Trump’s Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
But the following day, Victoria Coates, a senior advisor to Greenblatt, sent an email to the White House’s national security staff indicating that the White House was mulling a way to eliminate the U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees.
She noted that the proposal was one of a number of “spitball ideas that I’ve had that are also informed by some thoughts I’ve picked up from Jared, Jason and Nikki.”
Anime Right News has contacted Foreign Policy requesting any e-mails they may have related to Genie Energy and Jared Kushner confidant Ira Greenstein.