Kushner leads United States delegation for peace talks in Middle East

Posted August 28, 2017

"We know that this delegation is working for peace, and we are working with it to achieve what President Trump has called a peace deal", Abbas said at the beginning of the meeting, according to the Palestinian Authority news site Wafa. "There hasn't been any".

"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake،" he opined.

In past weeks, skepticism was sounded by Palestinian officials about US peace efforts, but both Netanyahu and Abbas have expressed willingness to cooperate with American efforts to renew the talks.

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu here in a bid to restart the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the media reported.

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"We know that this delegation is working for peace، and we are working with it to achieve what President Trump has called a peace deal. We know that things are hard and complicated, but nothing is impossible with honest efforts".

Even before the meeting، PA officials expressed pessimism that Washington's peace efforts could bear fruit.

But Palestinian leaders note that the White House has not even said clearly whether its focus will be a two-state solution to the conflict, which has been longstanding U.S. policy.

In the past, Trump has not publicly committed to the two-state solution, despite this position being held by the past two presidential administrations.

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Last Wednesday, his State Department echoed Trump's earlier sentiment.

The paper said Abbas agreed to Kushner's proposal, but demanded that Trump personally commit to the USA peace plan, setting a meeting between the two leaders during the UN General Assembly in September. "This is a big problem in mindset and we won't agree to continue down this path".

Trump aides have held a series of meetings with both sides, portraying them as hearing out concerns before deciding on a way forward, while the United States president himself visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in May. "And I think, really, that's the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it", said US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert when asked if the president backed the two-state solution. "So we leave it up to them to be able to work that through".

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