Kushner holding peace talks in Middle East

Toni Houston
August 25, 2017

On Wednesday, Palestinian officials said they will not cooperate in any new moves toward peace until the Trump team has committed to the two-state solution and a halt in all Israeli building on post-1967 land.

Kushner later traveled to Ramallah where he met with Palestinain President Mahmound Abbas.

TRT World spoke to Guy Ziv, Professor of International Affairs in American University in Washington DC. These issues also include a Palestinian state built on pre-1967 borders with a capital in Jerusalem, and a solution for the "Palestinian right of return".

"We have a lot of things to talk about", Netanyahu said before their meeting.

"In that situation, politically, domestically, and I would say personally, with all the problems that [Netanyahu] has back home, it's nearly impossible to create new plans and new ideas", said Yoaz Hendel, chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies, a conservative Israeli think tank.

Kushner said Trump is "very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area".

"The U.S. envoys come empty handed", said Mahmoud Alloul, a top official in Abbas' Fatah movement.

It was not clear whether Kushner offered any clarity during his three-hour meeting with Abbas.

The Palestinians initially welcomed Trump's election, but they have since grown impatient with what they say is a failure by the US president to present a roadmap for peace.

The visit, which takes place as part of a swing through the Middle East, will also include Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

"If we don't hear within a month and a half that the American team has stopped talking and started doing, Abbas intends to mobilize anyone and everyone he can for the UN General Assembly session on the establishment of a Palestinian state, regardless of the Israeli and American reactions", the official told Al-Monitor.

"But given the very poor prospects of a significant political breakthrough, I'd be surprised it if warrants a major investment by the president".

"The entire goal of settlement is to prevent the future viability of a Palestinian state so any expansion is problematic for achieving a two state solution", she said. I mean, today, a government minister close to Netanyahu said the Palestinian government is not one of peace.

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

The crisis ended after the Islamic Waqf, the body that governs the al-Aqsa compound, told Palestinians to stop the boycott of the site following Israel's decision to remove its security restrictions. They are adamant in their position that the Israeli government does not cede a millimeter of ground on Jewish settlements built on occupied Palestinian territory.

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