Donald Trump aide Kushner has ‘productive’ talks with Netanyahu, Abbas

Donald Trump aide Kushner has ‘productive’ talks with Netanyahu, Abbas

Kushner and Trump diplomatic envoy Jason Greenblatt, who accompanied the USA president to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank last month, are returning to ask Netanyahu and Abbas “about their priorities and potential next steps”, the White House said in a statement on Sunday.

Trump has asked Kushner, a former real estate developer with no previous government experience, to lay the groundwork for the “ultimate deal” to secure peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

“They’re going to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and senior officials on his team, they’re going to meet with President Abbas and officials on his team later in the week and I think part of it is how to make incremental change that results in a lasting peace”, he told reporters.

While Israel has not responded to Abbas’s calls to revive the committee, it has been vociferous in demanding that Ramallah cease payments to jailed terrorists and the families of terrorists, arguing the payments glorify and promote violence.

Netanyahu and US National Security Adviser, Jason Greenblatt, met in Jerusalem, whose precise content was deliberately absent from the communiques. It remains unclear what new approach Trump’s administration may have to untangling disputes that blend politics, land, religion and ethnicity and have defied resolution for 70 years.

The visit came just after Israel started building its first new settlement in the West Bank in 25 years in defiance of the worldwide law and the latest UN Security Council resolution against the illegal move.

The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as their capital.

On Wednesday, Abbas met with Kushner for the first time.

Arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian peace will “take time“, President Donald Trump’s top two negotiators said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

For at least two decades, the goal of US -led diplomacy has been a “two-state solution”, meaning an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side and at peace with Israel.

Greenblatt has already made several visits to the region.

Immediately after he arrived in Israel on Wednesday, Kushner visited the family of Staff Sgt. Maj.

The move has infuriated the Palestinians, who say all settlements are illegal obstacles to peace.

Since then, Palestinian assailants have killed 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks.

A senior Palestinian official said that a preparatory meeting with Greenblatt on Tuesday had not gone well and became tense over the Martyrs’ Fund.