Netanyahu rejects Bolton's claim he doubted Kushner's ability to draw up peace plan

Former NSA John Bolton reportedly claims Netanyahu opposed Trump tapping Kushner to handle drafting of peace plan.

David Rosenberg ,

John Bolton meets Netanyahu
John Bolton meets Netanyahu
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Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton claims that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu privately opposed President Donald Trump’s selection of his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner to head up a team working on the administration’s Middle East peace plan.

According to reports Thursday by CNN, which obtained segments of the unreleased book written by Bolton, Trump’s former NSA claims that Netanyahu "was dubious about assigning the task of bringing an end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict to Kushner, whose family Netanyahu had known for many years.”

“He was enough of a politician not to oppose the idea publicly, but like much of the world, he wondered why Kushner thought he would succeed where the likes of Kissinger had failed."

But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denied the claims Thursday evening, and issued a statement expressing his “complete faith” in Kushner’s abilities.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu has complete faith in Jared Kushner's abilities and resolve and rejects any description to the contrary,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office read.

Netanyahu went on to laud Kushner for his ‘contributions’ to advancing peace in the region.

“Kushner has greatly contributed to furthering peace in the Middle East. The U.S. administration's Middle East team led by Kushner successfully formulated President Trump's principles into the Vision for Peace offering the most realistic blueprint for peace in our region.”

“Kushner also contributed to President Trump's historic decisions to recognize Jerusalem, move the U.S. embassy to Israel's capital and recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Kushner helped advance Israel's relations with the Arab world.”

“With these accomplishments alone and under President Trump's leadership, Kushner has already achieved what others before him did not accomplish. We are confident that working together we can achieve the lasting and secure peace that we all desire.”

Bolton, who served for less than a year and a half as President Trump’s National Security Advisor, was fired last September, with President Trump citing serious disagreements over policy.

Following his termination from the administration, Bolton penned a 592-page book, which reportedly features segments heavily critical of President Trump and his administration.

The Justice Department has sued to bar the book’s publication, claiming it contains classified information, and that Bolton violated a non-disclosure agreement by writing the book.