Jared Kushner has told a group of congressional interns he is confident of securing a Middle East peace deal, despite admitting he does not know how to do so or even 'if there is a solution'.
Audio of Kushner's comments, obtained by Wired, came from an address the president's son-in-law was giving as part of his 'off-the-record summer lecture series', according to the website.
While answering a question about the issue, the 36-year-old newspaper publisher complained about how family friend and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is treated in the press, expressed his frustration at others trying to teach him about the intricacies of the conflict, while also offering up some insight on what he claims to know about the situation.
'What I've determined from looking at it is that not a whole lot has been accomplished over the last 40 or 50 years we've been doing this,' Kushner told the interns, according to Wired.
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Leaked audio of Jared Kushner talking to congressional interns on Monday about his plan to bring peace to the Middle East has been uncovered
'And the other thing about it I'd say is that the variables haven't been changed much, so at some point it's just one of those things where you kind of have to just pick and choose where you draw conclusion.
'I have tried to look at why people haven't been successful in the negotiations, so I looked and studied all the different negotiations. I spoke to a lot of people who have have been part of them, and I think the reason why is that this is a very emotionally charged situation.'
He continued: 'I'd say what makes me hopeful about it is the fact that, a) we've had two achievements so far that I think are actually quite noteworthy, which I'll talk about in a second. The reason why we haven't been able to do that is the trust that we have with all sides.
'So if you've noticed about this conflict, and... nothing's leaked out. So nothing has leaked out which I think gives the parties more trust, and more ability to really express and share their viewpoints.
'What I've determined from looking at it is that not a whole lot has been accomplished over the last 40 or 50 years we've been doing this,' Kushner told the interns. Kushner is pictured in Iraq on April 4, 2017
Kushner went on to discuss why he feels history and knowledge about what caused the conflict results in peace efforts being bogged down. Kushner is pictured in Baghdad on April 3