President Donald Trump in 2017 put son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of concocting a plan to bring peace to the Middle East, despite the fact that he had no experience in international diplomacy.
After two years, Kushner still hasn’t released anything like the comprehensive peace plan that Trump promised — and now the administration has resorted to bringing in Trump-defending lawyer Alan Dershowitz to help out.
The Daily Beast reports that Dershowitz has discussed the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians with multiple administration officials ranging from Kushner to special envoy Jason Greenblatt to Ambassador David Friedman.
Among other things, Dershowitz says that he has advised the administration to formally recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, despite the international norm against recognizing claims of territories that were seized during wars.
“I compared the Golan Heights to a captured battleship,” he said. “I said, ‘You don’t give back a battleship you’ve captured in a defensive war.”
Despite being asked for his advice, however, Dershowitz says he still doesn’t have a sense of what is in Kushner’s peace plan.
“It changes all the time,” he said. “I’m not privy to the specifics, the current specifics, but mostly it’s been one-way conversations—that is, they ask for my advice. They don’t tell me their secrets. They just ask me for my advice, and I give it to them.”