A White House briefing says a meeting between Abbas and the Trump administration this week made progress, although reports indicate the Palestinian side was deeply disappointed, especially by the demand to cease funding terrorists.
Palestinian sources described the meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jared Kushner, a chief adviser to President Donald Trump, as “disappointing”, Hebrew media outlet Ynet reported on Friday.
The sources described the meeting, which included Jared Kushner and USA envoy Jason Greenblatt, as tense and not successful.
Kushner travelled to Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on Wednesday for talks with Abbas where, according to Abbas’ spokesperson, all major issues at the heart of the conflict were discussed.
A White House statement said that Kushner and Greenblatt conversed with President Abbas on priorities for the Palestinians and possible next steps, appreciating the desire for economic prospects for Palestinians and major investments in the Palestinian economy.
Kushner, whose family has a long relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met with the Israeli leader in Jerusalem for about 3 ½ hours before heading to the West Bank city of Ramallah for a late-night meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
According to Aljazeera, Kushner’s family connection to Israel has sparked criticism from some Palestinian leaders.
Kushner’s lack of experience in government or worldwide affairs has also caused concern about his ability to thrust himself into US-led negotiations between the two parties, which for 25 years have produced no real results.
Previous attempts by Obama’s administration, to negotiate peace, led by the former Secretary of State John Kerry, proved to be futile.
As for “settlements”, construction began on a new Israeli community in northern Samaria on Tuesday – the first to be built in the region of Judea and Samaria in two decades, Netanyahu asserted.
On Wednesday, the White House sent Kushner and Greenblatt to pursue Trump’s hopes for the “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians.
But it remains unclear what approach Trump, via Kushner and Greenblatt, plans to take on resolving the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The meeting did not see any agreement or breakthrough on pending issues, including the date of the resumption of negotiations, but only an evidence for Ramallah that the United States was supporting Israel’s viewpoints and would not be able to lead both sides to a solution.