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Mon Nov 25, 2019, 07:00 PM

WeWork's ousted CEO Neumann helped Kushner craft mideast "peace plan"


..."Neumann, a college dropout who built WeWork into a company valued by investors at $47 billion ($10 billion more than the auto giant Ford), was ousted earlier this year with a $1.7 billion golden parachute after the company faced bankruptcy when its valuation plummeted by $40 billion. (Neumann reportedly cast the deciding vote against himself.) In a report titled “The Fall of WeWork,” Sherman detailed Neumann’s habit of declaring that he wanted to be “elected president of the world” and become humanity’s first trillionaire while spending millions of the company’s money on “vanity projects” like a wave-pool company. Sources told Sherman that Neumann’s “egomaniacal glamour and millennial mysticism” led Neumann to believe that he could solve “the world’s thorniest problems,” like Middle East peace.


Neumann bragged to associates that he, Kushner, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would “save the world,” sources told the outlet. After U.S. intelligence concluded that bin Salman likely ordered the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Neumann told former George W. Bush national security adviser Stephen Hadley that “everything could be worked out if bin Salman had the right mentor,” Sherman reported.
Kushner rolled out the economic component of his plan in June, which would create a $50 billion fund to be invested by the Palestinian Authority, though it remains unclear where the money would come from. The plan was immediately rejected by Palestinian leaders and widely panned by U.S. foreign policy experts. Michael Koplow, the policy director of the Israel Policy Forum, described Kushner’s plan as a “Monty Python sketch of Israel-Palestinian peace initiatives.” Daniel Kurtzer, George W. Bush’s ambassador to Israel, said he would give “this so-called plan a C- from an undergraduate student.”

“The authors of the plan clearly understand nothing,” he said.

Kushner’s previous partner on the Middle East peace plan was Jason Greenblatt, whose experience is limited to two decades as a lawyer for the Trump Organization. Axios reported in September that Greenblatt’s responsibilities would be taken over by Avi Berkowitz, a 29-year-old recent Harvard graduate and a personal friend of Kushner’s who former White House official Hope Hicks said had been mostly responsible for “assisting Kushner with daily logistics like getting coffee or coordinating meetings.”.....(more)

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Mon Nov 25, 2019, 07:38 PM

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