Trump’s senior advisor will discuss peace with Israel, Palestine

The meeting with both regional leaders is the beginning of Washington’s efforts to renew the peace process in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday.

The meeting with both regional leaders is the beginning of Washington’s efforts to renew the peace process in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine.

Kushner will meet Israeli PM Netanyahu first before traveling to Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, to sit down with Abbas.

According to US officials, the President’s senior advisor will “keep the conversation going” regarding peace efforts between the two conflicting sides.

Officials also said Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, who arrived in Israel on Monday, would remain for follow-up discussions after Kushner leaves.

Trump had previously said a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine would be “the ultimate deal,” making it a priority since becoming President.

The US leader had received both Abbas and Netanyahu at the White House and also visited the region last month.

It is unclear what Trump’s plans are regarding the decades-long dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Although Washington’s goal has been a “two-state solution,” when he met Netanyahu in February, Trump said he was “not fixed on two states.”

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he explained.

When Netanyahu was reappointed Israeli PM in 2015, he vowed an independent Palestinian state would never exist under his rule.

Regarding Kushner’s visit, Palestinian officials said discussions about the phrase “two-state solution” had not been used, Reuters reported.

 

Editing by G. H. Renaud