Kushner, Berkowitz nominated for Nobel peace prize for Israel deals

The former Trump impeachment lawyer wants Kushner recognized for Middle East peace deals.

Nominating the pair of former deputies to then-President Donald Trump was American attorney Alan Dershowitz, who was eligible to do so in his capacity as a professor emeritus of Harvard Law School.

The 2020 agreements that established diplomatic ties between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco stand as one of Trump's few major foreign policy successes.

Others receiving nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize this year include the Black Lives Matter movement, WikiLeaks, Daniel Ellsberg - who leaked the "Pentagon Papers" about the Vietnam War, Greta Thunberg, and Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, whose recent poisoning and return to Russia has triggered thousands to demonstration around Russia.

Trump was also nominated for this year's prize by a far-right Norwegian lawmaker, who also cited his administration's work on the Abraham Accords.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides the winners does not comment on nominations, keeping the names of nominators and unsuccessful nominees secret for 50 years.

The 2021 laureate will be announced in October.

According to a Reuters survey of Norwegian lawmakers, nominees include Thunberg, Navalny, the World Health Organization and its COVAX programme to secure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries.

King, a Baptist minister who became a leader of the 1960s civil rights movement, won the Nobel prize in 1964 and remains among its most famous laureates.

Palestinians and opponents of the deal, however, have rejected them as an act of betrayal to their struggle against Israeli occupation, with protests erupting in occupied Palestinian territories and across the Arab world since last summer to express condemnation of the accords. "Additionally, he signed several peace agreements in the Middle East which have helped provide stability in the region and peace". "Nor is it an assessment of what the global community may think of those who helped bring about peace", Dershowitz wrote in his nomination letter. "It is an award for fulfilling the daunting criteria set out by Alfred Nobel in his will", he wrote.

Kushner said in a statement he was honored to be nominated for the prize.

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