Hosting Kushner, Netanyahu Extols Common Goals of Prosperity, Security and Peace


A report in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz indicates that despite Washington's positive statement regarding a meeting between U.S. envoys and Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas this week, there was indeed tension as well as profound disappointment on the part of the Ramallah government.

"We face a renewed opportunity with the support of President Trump", he said, a day after USA envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt left the region after meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, without reaching any proclaimed results. The United States officials and Palestinian leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking.

Kushner arrived in Israel on Wednesday as a part of the new U.S. administration's push to begin mapping out a pathway to the resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump's adviser and son-in-law #jared kushner held separate meetings with #Israel And Palestine leaders on Wednesday in a bid to restart a peace talk. The meetings are aimed at laying the groundwork for a resumption of negotiations for the first time in three years.

Kushner's connection to Israel, including his family's investments in illegal settlements in occupied territory and personal relationship with the current Israeli prime minister , has caused some Palestinian leaders to question the Trump administration's Middle East team's ability to be impartial.

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Mr Kushner will join Jason Greenblatt, Mr Trump's chief negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in the meetings.

Kushner met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for about 3 ½ hours in Jerusalem before heading to the West Bank city of Ramallah for a late-night meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "This is an opportunity to pursue our common goals of security, prosperity and peace", Netanyahu said.

Trump has tasked Kushner with the ambitious goal of laying the groundwork for what he calls the "ultimate deal". Kushner will also meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. But ahead of his last election victory in 2015, he promised there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch, a remark seen as an attempt to shore up right-wing support.

A day after meeting the Americans, Abbas defended payments to Palestinian prisoners, including convicted terrorists, as "social responsibility" and accused Israel of trying to sabotage peace negotiations with unreasonable demands.