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Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Son-in-Law Kushner: US-Israeli Relations 'Stronger'

Trump Son-in-Law Kushner: US-Israeli Relations 'Stronger'

And, in spite of the frequent sit-downs, Abbas was confused if the U.S. intended to back the creation of a Palestinian state and condemn Israeli settlements as counter to that aim, according to notes of a conversation between Abbas and a delegation from the left-leaning Israeli party Meretz, Haaretz reported.

"The president is very committed to achieving a solution that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area", Kushner said at the opening of the meeting. Joining Kushner are the president's international negotiations envoy Jason Greenblatt and deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell.

Raed said that construction on the new town in his area began more than two years ago, and to date, at least two of the village's 150 homes have been destroyed. President George W. Bush was the first to do so publicly in a June 2002 speech, reversing more than four decades of American policy.

Setting preconditions for talks, the PA will give the US 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.

The president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is in Jerusalem today.

Arikat then asked whether that meant the U.S. was departing from the long-held position that "the best possible outcome, that everybody agrees upon, is the two-state solution". Israel, the Palestinians and Jordan have tried to stave off religious tensions there with delicate access arrangements.

"We have clearly emphasized to the Americans the importance of having a public statement that has a commitment to the two-state solution", said Ashraf Khatib, a spokesman for the negotiation affairs department of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Mohammed Dahlan, a Gazan Palestinian now living in the UAE, has been the key intermediary.

Even if there appears to be no obvious partner for peace in the region at the moment, Trump does not seem ready to table his peace plans. "And I think all of them are within our reach", Netanyahu told Kushner during an appearance with reporters prior to the start of the meeting.

Chairman Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh, issued his own statement, saying, "President Abbas's meeting with the US delegation was constructive, deep and positive, and all issues of common interest were seriously addressed".

Greenblatt and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, had already pitched the idea privately to Coates.

Palestinians could live with this, as they had lived before, but this time, they also lack any meaningful support from the Arab world, which is entangled in various regional conflicts - political, logistical and financial. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that peace is achievable. To be sure, just before the Kushner team's arrival in the Middle East, Netanyahu government announced that it allocated $1.5m to build a fence around Beit El settlement. Facilitation can only work when both parties are willing and eager to achieve a deal, but that is definitely not the case here.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week.

Unfortunately, a US appeals court found that the District Court in New York lacked jurisdiction to hear the case, and canceled the judgment and verdict.

Dahlan's aid to Gaza is said to include about $15 million a month in food and social assistance for families, plus an unspecified additional amount for electricity and water, an Arab official told me.

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