The U.S.’s negotiator to the Middle East, Jared Kushner, told congressional interns on Tuesday that historical context is not necessary when negotiating peace in the region.
“We don’t want a history lesson. We’ve read enough books. Let’s focus on how do you come up with a conclusion to the situation,” said Kushner. The present only makes sense in terms of the past, which is why it is essential that Kushner takes into account the history of colonization and war between countries when confronting peace for the region.
When asked about the most relevant history in the Middle East, William Cleveland a professor at Simon Fraser University, said, “The absolute crucial piece of the historical puzzle begins with the end of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of separate Arab states at the end of WWI.” These states then came under British and French control in order to serve their imperial interests, which did not reflect the aspirations of the populations of these new states according to Cleveland. A quick suggestion Kusher, learn the history before you start a war.
Source: The Hill