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Jared Kushner's Pro-Israel Bias Is Nothing New for U.S. Mideast Envoys --

• by Mehdi Hasan

Another week, another leak.

This time the victim was Jared Kushner. And the leaker? A daring congressional intern. Yes, an intern.


On Monday, the publicity-shy Kushner spoke in front of a group of congressional interns as part of what Wired magazine — which obtained the leaked, hour-long recording of his remarks — called "an ongoing, off-the-record summer lecture series."

So what wisdom or insights did the 36-year-old senior White House adviser, appointed by the President of the United States to bring peace to the Middle East, offer his young and impressionable audience? Well, for starters, did you know that "not a whole lot has been accomplished over the last 40 or 50 years?" Or that there are "some people who don't want to see and achieve an outcome of peace" in the Middle East? Were you aware that "this is a very emotionally charged situation?"

These, to borrow a line from Slate's Joshua Keating, are "no-shit-Sherlock" observations.