Kushner: US-Israel Relationship 'Stronger than Ever'

Kushner: US-Israel Relationship 'Stronger than Ever'

Trump has said he would accept any solution that would resolve the conflict.

Palestinian leaders, who were concerned about America's inability to act as an impartial mediator in negotiations under Trump, are still waiting for the White House to openly commit to a two-state solution.

Setting preconditions for talks, the PA will give the USA negotiating team, arriving this week in the Middle East in an attempt to revive the peace process, 45 days to support their terms for a two-state solution.

Netanyahu instructed police in October 2015 to bar lawmakers from visiting the site in the Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque complex and the Dome of the Rock. It is his third trip there in the role of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaker.

In recent weeks Palestinian officials have criticized the administration's unwillingness to publicly back the creation of a Palestinian state or endorse the Palestinians' territorial demands in the West Bank. Parallel movement, I think, is the way to go. "We believe that both parties should be able to find a workable solution that works for both of them".

Kushner told Netanyahu that Trump is "very committed" to help broker a peace deal and thanked the prime minister for working with the White House toward that goal.

In the USA delegation's talks Wednesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, both sides also reaffirmed their commitment to boosting ties and countering terrorism, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.




ESTRIN: Across the board, - former US officials and peacemakers are saying the ultimate deal for peace, as Trump has said, they don't see it.

"If we don't know where we are heading, if we don't know what the end game is, then we are in a desert without a map", said Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior adviser to Abbas.

Abbas also faces internal political problems, as his Fatah party struggles with Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza, for control and power in the Palestinian political sphere.

In May, Kushner and Greenblatt both accompanied the President on his visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to discuss a peace agreement. And Netanyahu did have some polite remarks at the start of that meeting.

Kushner is beginning a push for peace talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

"I don't see him in a position to be forward-leaning and creative and particularly interested in the details of peacemaking, especially given the long odds based on the circumstances of the other two leaders", Shapiro said of Trump.

Despite the administration's interest in restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority is once again talking about pursuing unilateral moves to achieve statehood. "They all come in thinking they'll be the ones to solve this, and then they find out how hard it really is".

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