The agreement for relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is a “dramatic breakthrough” that will make the Middle East safer and means fewer American troops will need to be in the region, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who was part of the team orchestrating the agreement, said Friday.

“When President [Donald] Trump got into office, ISIS had a caliphate the size of Ohio and a lot of violence and terrorism,” said Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, in a “CBS This Morning” interview. “President Trump has gotten very tough, because his priority is protecting American citizens.”

He rejected arguments the deal was “symbolic,” as it was the “first peace agreement in 26 years. That’s not symbolic, that’s concrete.”

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