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Abbas to meet with USA envoys on Thursday

27 Agosto 2017, 09:11 | Bibiana Flor

Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Jared Kushner in Tel Aviv

Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Jared Kushner in Tel Aviv

The meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Mahmoud Abbasand and visiting USA delegation on Thursday in Ramallah, the West Bank, was "positive", a senior Palestinian official said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Just before the arrival of the Kushner delegation, a spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian Authority President "wants clarity" on the American position on the two-state solution. For the Palestinians, U.S. aid has been essential for supporting the operation of the PA, for ensuring Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation. In a statement, the White House said "achieving an enduring Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will be hard but [Trump] remains optimistic that peace is possible".

Had the US embassy in Israel been moved to Jerusalem right away, that would have cemented Israel's sovereignty in its historic capital, and forced the Palestinians to offer concessions to avoid losing any foothold in the city altogether.

The visit ban, which had applied to both Jewish and Muslim Knesset members, was first imposed previous year amid a months-long spate of violence that left at least 200 Palestinians and 40 Israelis dead.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Trump advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt in Tel Aviv Thursday.

The White House released little information about the trip when it got announced 10 days ago.


The trip to Saudi Arabia comes as no surprise as the kingdom hosted the first overseas trip of Trump's presidency.

President Trump is pressing ahead with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but visiting US congressmen say the situation on the ground is not what it seems.

The State Department policy appears to be a reflection of a general policy of the administration.

This is different. What we heard from Spokeswoman Nauert must be taken as an official USA position, vetted through State Department channels.

"I don't even know how they are dealing with us, because his entire administration is in chaos", he said. There may be many scenarios and visions for the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations, but there is only one conflict-ending solution.

Trump, Netanyahu and Abbas "are facing extraordinarily complicated circumstances", veteran Mideast peace envoy Aaron David Miller said, "and are fundamentally constrained" from making the concessions a peace accord would entail.


His attempts at extracting a US promise of commitment to the two-state solution seem to have failed once again, with Kushner carefully treading rhetoric directed at the obvious underdog for the next four years. Mr Trump's administration has become preoccupied with a series of domestic crises, most recently the fallout from the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. How did the meetings between Kushner and the Arab leaders go?

Generally, participants have sought to tamp down expectations.

"I'm very pleased to see you again, Jared", he said.

Kushner, who serves as a White House adviser, has been tasked with breathing new life into one of the world's most polarizing conflicts.

Accompanied by a high-level American delegation, Kushner on Thursday reiterated Trump's commitment to finding a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the President has referred to as "the ultimate deal", reports CNN.

The talks this week are aimed at helping forge a path to substantive peace negotiations, but no major breakthroughs are expected.


That ambiguity has angered the Palestinians.



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