Kushner Visit to Middle East to Bringing Peace between Israel and Palestine

Kushner Visit to Middle East to Bringing Peace between Israel and Palestine

Kerry Wise
August 28, 2017

"We highly appreciate President Trump's efforts to strike a historical peace deal, a statement he repeated more than one time during our meetings in Washington, Riyadh and Bethlehem", Abbas said at the beginning of the meeting.

Both sides agreed to continue with the USA -led conversations as the best way to reach a peace deal, the State Department statement said.

In addition to Kushner and Abbas, the Ramallah meeting was attended by special envoy for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Dr. Saeb Erekat, Presidential Advisor for Economic Affairs Mohammed Mustafa, head of the General Intelligence Service Maj.

Palestinian leaders have grown frustrated with the White House after initially holding out hope that Trump could bring a fresh approach to peace efforts despite his pledges of staunch support for Israel. "We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with good efforts". In January, U.S President Donald Trump pledged to urge Israelis and Palestinians for a peace deal.

Netanyahu said such a deal was "within our reach" and promised to work with the Trump administration "to advance peace, stability and security in our region".

Chairman Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh, issued his own statement, saying, "President Abbas's meeting with the USA delegation was constructive, deep and positive, and all issues of common interest were seriously addressed".

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The Americans met with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, as well as with officials from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar during the trip.

Palestinian security chief Majid Faraj told Al-Monitor that Abbas was facing pressure at home to move forward on peace efforts.

"President Trump has made it clear that it is a top priority for him to work toward achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians", a USA official said.

"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake", Khatib said.

When Trump met Netanyahu at the White House in February, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting right-wing Israelis who want to annex most of the West Bank, but raising deep concern among Palestinians. "We believe that both parties should be able to find a workable solution that works for both of them".