America first or the Israeli army first?
Gilad Atzmon writes:
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports today that “Jared Kushner’s name was removed from a website of a group raising money for the Israeli army”.
A week ago Donald Trump promised the American people that from now on America will come first, but it seems that for Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, the Jewish state and its army are the priority.
Kushner is expected “to play a major role in drafting Middle East policy in the new administration”, but can a Zionist Jew who raises money for the Israeli army be a peace broker in the Middle East? I’ll let you ponder over that one.
Apparently, the “Friends of the Israel Defence Forces” (FIDF) is a New York-based non-profit organisation that raises tens of millions of dollars a year to support a wide array of educational and social programmes that benefit Israeli soldiers and their families. Kushner’s name appeared on the FIDF website as a member of the national board until just two days ago. A day after Haaretz submitted questions about his continued involvement on the board to both the organisation and to a spokeswoman for the Kushner family, his name was suddenly removed.
It is worth noting that although Kushner’s name was removed from the FIDF’s website, it is still unconfirmed whether he is still in any way linked to this body.
Earlier this week, when asked whether Kushner would continue to sit on the FIDF board while serving in the US administration as a senior adviser to the president, a spokesman for the organisation said: “As a matter of policy, FIDF does not respond to requests for information about donors, including donors who are or were members of its board.”