Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Jared Kushner to visit Middle East

Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, will travel to the Middle East this week to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders about a potential peace deal.

Kushner is expected to meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu and PA Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas.

"I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, " Trump said last month as he met Abbas in the White House.

According to the Journal, the White House does not expect major breakthroughs during Kushner's Middle East trip.

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In May, Kushner and Greenblatt both accompanied the President on his visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to discuss a peace agreement.

A senior Israeli official said Thursday that contrary to media reports, the Palestinians have not officially relinquished their demand for a complete moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank prior to the resumption of the peace process.

The objective of the trip is to push for a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to an unnamed White House official.

President Trump has placed Kushner at the center of his efforts to secure a Middle East peace deal.

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In an interview with Voice of Palestine Radio, Raafat pointed out that there were no indications from the American administration to oblige Israel to abide by worldwide legitimacy resolutions to resolve this conflict, pointing out that the USA administration has not declared its commitment to these resolutions until now. "Territories to continue the discussion about the possibility of peace", wrote Greenblatt on Twitter.

"It is important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington D.C. or other locations as they pursue substantive talks", said a White House official to Israeli daily Haaretz. Abbas, on the other hand, has previously expressed his commendation of the US president's determination to reach a peace deal which the previous administrations have failed to achieve.

"No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the president's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance", the White House said.

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