Kushner promises to present peace plan within four months

L-R Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US
Kushner meets Israeli PM
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28 August, 2017

Kushner heard out the Palestinian leader's demands and postponed any responses for the next meeting they have.

Palestinian officials believe that US President Donald Trump will lay out a plan in the coming months on reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal as part of his administration's efforts to revive peace talks between the sides, according to a Sunday report.

"I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States", Abbas said in a meeting with the left-wing Meretz Party in Israel, according to a report in Haaretz. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also struck a positive tone in public comments a day earlier, after meeting in Ramallah with Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.

For weeks Palestinian officials have called on the United States to back a two-state solution and ask Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank, which most of the worldwide community considers illegal and an obstacle to the creation of any future Palestinian state.

The visit comes with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not in position to make major concessions, some analysts say, and no details have emerged of how Trump's team would overcome that. It has to be workable to both sides.

USA officials have said that they have not ruled out a two-state solution but that it is up to the two sides, not them, to agree on a way forward.

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The two-state solution envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and has been the focus of worldwide diplomacy for years.

Kushner said on Thursday that "President Trump is very optimistic and hopes for a better future for the Palestinian people and the Israeli people".

Palestinian Arab officials continued to express frustration on Friday over the fact the US still has not committed to a two-state solution، even after a meeting described as productive between President Donald Trump's senior adviser، Jared Kushner، and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on Thursday، as Arutz Sheva said.

That would in theory leave Israel with the responsibility of governing and providing services to Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank. The two leaders will discuss the recent developments in al-Aqsa and Jerusalem alongside the peace process in Palestine, Kalın said.

"The settler was armed, and they took his weapon from him until the Israeli police arrived", the father said.

He is also facing a graft investigation that limits his room for political manoeuvre, Shapiro noted.


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