Kushner Visit to Middle East to Bringing Peace between Israel and Palestine
- Author: Megan Austin Aug 28, 2017,
Aug 28, 2017, 1:18
Kushner met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday in Ramallah, along with senior officials from both sides, as the White House sketches out a plan to strike what Trump has called "the ultimate deal" between Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also struck a positive tone in public comments a day earlier, after meeting in Ramallah with Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.
Palestinian Arab officials continued to express frustration on Friday over the fact the US still has not committed to a two-state solution، even after a meeting described as productive between President Donald Trump's senior adviser، Jared Kushner، and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on Thursday، as Arutz Sheva said.
"We want to work toward a peace that both sides can agree to and that both sides find sustainable". That has rankled Palestinian officials, who say negotiations without any set parameters will only benefit the Israeli side. "We know that things are hard and complicated, but nothing is impossible with honest efforts".
The Palestinian leader's remarks expressing confidence in U.S. efforts came despite the Trump administration's continued refusal to endorse the two-state solution, in order to not, as State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Wednesday, "bias one side over the other".
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Trump is "very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in the area", Kushner said ahead of his meeting with Netanyahu, which took place earlier Thursdayy. "It is a legitimate right and we may make a decision on this issue soon".
"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake،" he opined.
Americans again raised the issue of salaries paid by the Authority to prisoners and families of dead- Abbas told Kushner that he would not stop the reimbursements. "We hope they can work together, live together for many years and have a much better life". According to the report, Kushner claimed that demanding to freeze the construction as a prerequisite will lead to the downfall of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu for his part told Kushner he believed peace was "within our reach".