Jared Kushner to invest Saudi money in Israel for the first time

Jared Kushner to invest Saudi money in Israel for the first time
2 min read
08 May, 2022
This would mark the first time money from the kingdom's Public Investment Fund (PIF) will be invested in Israel. 
Kushner's firm received a $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia just six months after his father-in-law Donald Trump left office [Getty]

Jared Kushner's private investment firm, Affinity Partners , plans to invest capital from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund in Israeli businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal.

This would mark the first time money from the kingdom's Public Investment Fund (PIF) will be invested in Israel. 

Kushner, who is the son-in-law of former US president Donald Trump, cultivated a close relationship with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in his former role in the Trump administration.

It was revealed last month that Affinity Partners received a $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund just six months after Trump left office. Several US officials, including Democrat senator Elizabeth Warren, have called for an investigation into this investment.

The firm has reportedly raised $3 billion in total and has already chosen two Israeli firms to invest in. 

Multiple Arab states such as Saudi Arabia are deepening ties with Israel after years of hostility, despite Israel’s continued occupation of the Palestinians - an occupation that has been labelled as ‘apartheid’ by the United Nations.  


Kushner held several important portfolios in the White House during the Trump presidency. His duties included handling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, overseeing the border wall between the United States and Mexico, and managing the country’s medical stockpile during the coronavirus pandemic. 

He was the main architect of the widely condemned 'Deal of the Century' Middle East peace plan, which offered the Palestinians only limited sovereignty over parts of the West Bank, and was almost unanimously rejected by Palestinians.

According to multiple reports, Kushner used his influence in the White House to help cover up the role of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was critical of the royal family.