Kushner nominated again for Nobel Prize for role in Abraham Accords, as Israeli PM lands in Bahrain

This is Kushner's second nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Abraham Accords.

Updated: February 15, 2022 - 11:54am

Former Trump White House adviser Jared Kushner has been nominated again for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work negotiating the 2020 Abraham Accords.

The accords are a series of normalization agreements between formerly contentious Middle Eastern neighbors, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Morocco and Bahrain. 

Kushner was nominated last week by New York GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett make his first trip to Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Bennett is meeting with Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa. 

Bennett's office said the meeting will focus on "ways to strengthen bilateral ties ... especially the advancement of diplomatic and economic issues, with an emphasis on technology and innovation."

Zeldin said last week in nominating Kushner: "The Abraham Accords ... represent the most significant diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and Arab nations in decades."

Zeldin, who is running for New York governor, also nominated Kushner's deputy Avi Berkowitz.

"Against the background of a centuries-old conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic, rising tensions, and Iran’s growing influence, Kushner and Berkowitz successfully brought together regional leaders, and forged regional alliances better capable of countering Iran’s malign influence," he said.

Kushner, who said he was "humbled" by the nomination, was also nominated last year by former Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz.