Trump reportedly considering pulling out of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks


The 82-year-old Abbas was allegedly angry at Kushner for presenting to him the demands of Israeli Prime Minister #Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hadas Malka. The Hill cited a report from the Jerusalem Post, based on a translation from an article in al-Hayat, an Arabic newspaper based in London.

If the Palestinian leader was disappointed with Kushner, the Trump team, in turn, was upset with Abbas who allegedly refused to denounce a stabbing attack in Jerusalem recently that killed Sgt. Maj.

Kushner and Greenblatt also raised the issue of payments made to terrorists in prison and to the families of dead terrorists and that of incitement against Israel in the Palestinian Authority.

President Trump will reportedly receive a report about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process following a "tense" meeting between White House senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and leaders about the issue.

The lack of experience of the 36-year-old real estate businessman in worldwide diplomacy was apparent since Kushner sounded more like advisers of Netanyahu than fair arbiters, a Palestinian official told Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.

A senior U.S. administration official described the report as "nonsense", according to the Jerusalem Post.

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PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat released a statement following the meeting between Abbas and Kushner, saying "we totally reject the Israeli allegations about Palestinian official incitement".

"Unlike the Israeli government, we are a leadership committed to the two-state solution and the full implementation of worldwide law", Erekat said, highlighting that "Israel has constantly refused to activate the trilateral committee on incitement (Palestine-Israel-United States) given that incitement and glorification of terror have been a longstanding policy by this (Israeli) extremist government". "Instead, it should work to fully end its 50-year military occupation towards achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine", the statement concluded.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Palestinian officials were left feeling "disappointed" by the meeting.

Kushner traveled to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders last week in order to jump start peace talks.

Israel claim the Palestinians are not partners for peace because they incite violence, celebrate murderers of Israelis and refuse to recognize Israel's Jewish nature.

Spicer also said that the meeting was "positive" and the discussions on steps to support the peace process continue. "It's something that, I think, is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", the president said.