As violence gripped Jerusalem last month, the 36-year-old American heir to a property empire phoned the Jordanian king in a bid to prevent the collapse of the relationship between Israel and its neighbour — and what some feared would be a new intifada. The diplomatic crisis was an early test for Jared Kushner, the pro-Israel son-in-law of Donald Trump, whose telephone number is prized by Arab officials and who is entrusted with brokering what the US president calls "the ultimate deal" — peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Kushner’s phone call, made at the behest of Israel’s ambassador to the US, was one of several that helped defuse a crisis between Israel and Jordan over the holiest site in Jerusalem — the compound that hosts al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock — and an incident at the embassy in Amman in which an Israeli killed two Jordanians. While tensions remain high, Kushner said the US was able to help calm the situation "by having a lot of really great dialogue" w...

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