Jared Kushner speaks publicly for first time since the election

Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump and senior advisor to President Trump, is usually seen rather than heard. "So far I've found exactly the opposite", said Kushner.

They will reportedly discuss the next necessary steps in the peace process.

However, Kushner broke his public silence on Monday when he went before the news media to talk about a White House initiative to make government run more efficiently.

Kushner, who has an expansive list of responsibilities under Trump, is traveling to the region with Jason Greenblatt, assistant to the President and special representative for global negotiations.

Shapiro pointed to Trump's unpredictability, including his famous affinity for lashing out at people on Twitter, as a source of Israelis' and Palestinians' fears of saying no to the administration. He also called for an immediate cessation of the Palestinian Authority's payments to terrorists and their families, which, he said, is "something that only encourages terror".

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Speaking with Ms Trump in the audience, Mr Kushner said he was warned when he first took a job in the administration that he would find a bureaucracy resistant to change.

Jared Kushner at Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's residence in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

"We will continue to communicate with the relevant constituencies throughout the region, to remind all that peace is possible and to demonstrate the many positive benefits that would arise from a successful negotiations (sic)", the statement concluded.

Trump had earlier tapped Kushner, who has no previous diplomatic or government experience, to help work toward brokering a potential peace deal in the region - something that former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all tried and failed to get done.

Trump has deputized Kushner and Greenblatt with leading the USA efforts at Middle East peace.

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