Jason Greenblatt

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Jason Greenblatt
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Special Representative for International Negotiations
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born Jason Dov Greenblatt
1966/1967 (age 51–52)[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Naomi Greenblatt
Children 6
Education Yeshiva University (BA)
New York University (JD)

Jason Dov Greenblatt (born 1967) is an American lawyer. He was the executive vice president and chief legal officer to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization, and his advisor on Israel.[2] In January 2017, he was appointed as an Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations by President Donald Trump.

Early life[edit]

Greenblatt is the son of Hungarian Jewish refugees, and grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City.[3] During World War II, his father fled Szatmárcseke in 1941 as a child, while his mother hid in Budapest with her family during the Nazi occupation, and fled to the United States after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. He was born with the given name Theodore but had it legally changed as a teenager. He is the first cousin, once removed, of anti war activist Robert Greenblatt.

Greenblatt was educated at Yeshiva Dov Revel, the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy,[4] followed by Yeshiva University.[5] In 1992, Greenblatt received a JD degree from the New York University School of Law.[2]

Career[edit]

Greenblatt started as real estate lawyer for the New York law firm, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.[4] In the mid-1990s, he started a cappuccino coffee company, with pod machines at Penn Station and the New York City airports, but following the rise of Starbucks, sold his business and returned to practicing law.[4] Greenblatt is the creator of the blog Inspire Conversation, a collection of resources for parents and teens,[6] as well as the author of three travel books, one about a family trip to Israel.

Greenblatt has worked for Trump since 1997,[1] rising to executive vice president and chief legal officer to Trump and the Trump Organization, and his advisor on Israel.[2]

Greenblatt favors a two-state solution, reached by the parties concerned and not imposed from outside by a body such as the United Nations.[4] Greenblatt has stated that "West Bank settlements are not an obstacle to peace".[7]

In late December 2016, Trump named Greenblatt as his Representative for International Negotiations for his incoming administration.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Greenblatt is an Orthodox Jew, and lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, with his wife and six children,[1] the eldest three of which are triplets.[4] His wife, Dr Naomi Greenblatt, is a psychiatrist.[1][3]

In May 2017 Greenblatt received an honorary doctorate from Touro College in New York City.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Heilman, Uriel (April 18, 2016). "No Experience Necessary: Meet Trump's Orthodox Israel Advisor". The Forward. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mr. Jason D. Greenblatt". thenycmeetings.com. 
  3. ^ a b Kratz, Elizabeth (June 8, 2016). "How Trump's Israel adviser, Jason Greenblatt, could play a history-altering role". JNS.org. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Palmer, Joanne (April 21, 2016). "Meet Trump's Israel adviser". The Times of Israel. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Glueck, Katie (August 4, 2016). "Donald Trump's man on Israel". Politico. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "About Inspire Conversation". inspireconversation.com. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  7. ^ Lazaroff, Tovah (November 10, 2016). "Trump advisor: 'West Bank settlements are not an obstacle to peace'". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Grant, Peter (December 23, 2016). "Trump Names Jason Greenblatt Representative for International Negotiations". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ Staff, JLNJ. "Jason Greenblatt Will Receive Honorary Lander College Law Degree". Retrieved 4 July 2018.