UPDATE: U.S. President Donald Trump has now moved to recognize Israel's sovereignty over Syria's Golan Heights.
In an op-ed published in Russia Today (RT) by Finian Cunningham, oil interests in the Golan Heights through Genie Energy and their ties to the Trump administration through Ira Greenstein and Jared Kushner have been exposed. This marks a significant uptick in dissemination of this information.
It was following the oil discovery that Israeli officials intensified diplomatic efforts to change US policy on the Golan’s status. The Obama administration reportedly rebuffed Netanyahu’s supplications. But with the election of Trump, Tel Aviv appears to have found a more willing White House occupant.
Another driving influence is the close connections between Trump’s inner circle and the Genie Energy company. Former president of the company is Ira Greenstein, a lawyer who is close to the Kushner family through mutual business interests. Greenstein was brought into the White House advisory circle as a legal aide reportedly through his connections to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Observers have noted that revolving-door relation is a stark and potentially illegal conflict of interest in the White House.
The cozy overlap of connections include Gary Cohn, a former chief executive at Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs and who until last year served as Trump’s economic adviser. Goldman Sachs was reportedly a major investor in Genie Energy. Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt is also reportedly another major investor in Genie.
Onward to victory lads.