Senior US delegation in Israel trying to revive peace talks

Senior US delegation in Israel trying to revive peace talks

Senior US delegation in Israel trying to revive peace talks

"How to advance peace, stability and security in our region - prosperity, too - and I think all of them are within our reach", Netanyahu said at an appearance Thursday alongside Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser.

On August 11, a senior White House official said in a statement that Trump would send Kushner to the Middle East to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the issue of global terrorism, and crisis in Gaza.

Kushner and the group were meeting that evening with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

TRT World spoke to Guy Ziv, Professor of International Affairs in American University in Washington DC.

The president went to Saudi Arabia and Israel during his first post-inauguration trip overseas and has expressed a personal commitment to reaching a deal that has eluded his Republican and Democratic predecessors.

Setting preconditions for talks, the PA will give the U.S. 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. "I do not think the American envoys are coming carrying anything at all", he said.

"The U.S. envoys come empty handed", said Mahmoud Alloul, a top official in Abbas' Fatah movement. A spokesman for Abbas called the meeting "important and crucial".

They have also held talks with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Qatari and Jordanian officials.

President Mahmud Abbas reportedly told Israeli left-wing politicians recently that despite more than 20 meetings with U.S. officials he was still unclear what Trump's strategy was.

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However, commentators were skeptical over the prospects of a significant progress.

Palestinian leaders have grown frustrated with the White House after initially holding out hope that Trump could bring a fresh approach to peace efforts despite his pledges of staunch support for Israel. But he has since given few details of his vision for peace, managing to frustrate both sides.

Number one, they want to know whether the Trump administration wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel, the solution previous administrations have championed for years.

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Signalling their frustration, some Palestinian leaders have spoken of taking a harder line in recent days.

Separately on Tuesday, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), sat down with Burt in the West Bank city of Ariha (Jericho).

She said the government has also established a new settlement for the first time since 1992 and has retroactively legalised unauthorised settlement outposts despite a commitment not to do so. Such a vision has always been the worldwide consensus on what the future of the region should be: an Israeli state next to a Palestinian state.

For his part, Netanyahu faces pressure from right-wing coalition partners not to give ground on Jewish settlement building in occupied territory that Palestinians seek for an independent state.

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