Jared Kusher, Trump's Peace Team Named World's Most Influential Jews by Jerusalem Post

Jared Kushner and four other members of the peace team that helped negotiate the Abraham Accords were listed at the top of The Jerusalem Post's "50 Most Influential Jews of 2020" list.

The list was published on Friday and also spotlights other diplomats, activists and individuals who are helping in the pursuit of a COVID-19 vaccine, among others.

Alongside Kushner, the paper's list recognized Yossi Cohen, Ron Dermer, Avi Berkowitz and David Friedman for their roles in negotiating the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

"These five played a role in what could end up being a realignment that will benefit Israel, the Middle East and the world," The Jerusalem Post said.

Abraham Accords signing
(L-R) Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, at the White House in Washington, D.C., September 15, 2020. On Friday, The Jerusalem Post awarded members of Trump’s peace team the top position on its list of the “50 Most Influential Jews of 2020.” SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

In its article on the peace group, the paper walked through the five years leading up to the Abraham Accords, which it said began with the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Israel and the UAE's shared opposition to the deal paved the way for a later path to peace, the paper wrote.

A peace agreement in the Middle East has been a years-long goal of President Donald Trump's administration. Trump asked Kushner, his son-in-law and special adviser, to take on the project early in his administration, though Kushner did not have previous experience with diplomacy in the Middle East. Assisting Kushner were Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Berkowitz, the special envoy for international relations and one of Kushner's aides.

Kushner, Friedman and Berkowitz "do not come from the Washington foreign policy 'swamp' that Trump promised to drain," the paper said. "As such, they bucked conventional wisdom and saw Israel's place in the region in a different light."

The paper also credits Cohen, the director of Mossad, and Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., with working behind the scenes to negotiate the deal. Cohen was also awarded the top spot on The Jerusalem Post's list last year for his role as "the Mossad spy chief who stole Iran's secret nuclear archives."

The peace agreement signed on Tuesday says the countries will continue working toward achieving peace and security, which Trump has said he hopes will build to include other countries in the area.

"Today's signing sets history on a new course," Trump said on Tuesday. "And there will be other countries very, very soon that will follow these great leaders."

The Abraham Accords did not include Palestine, which has been pivotal in peace talks for years preceding the Abraham Accords. Palestinian leaders have called the deal a "betrayal of Jerusalem" and were quick to condemn it.

Despite the reaction from Palestinians, Trump is nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating the deal, which he said during a signing ceremony on Tuesday would usher in "the dawn of a new Middle East."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.