Kushner holding peace talks in Middle East


Committing to the two-state solution would bias Washington in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, a U.S. official said Wednesday, as a high-level delegation arrived in the region to try and jump start talks amid Palestinian protests over a lack of clarity from the White House, The Times of Israel writes."We are not going to state what the outcome has to be", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

The son-in-law of the United States president is on a seven-country tour of Middle East countries to hold discussions with officials in order to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, which has broken down in 2014.

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".

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is part of a delegation that traveled to the Middle East for peace talks, the Trump administration said Tuesday.

This is particularly interesting in light of the recent statements by the Palestinian Authority ahead of the U.S. delegation's visit to the region, demanding the USA clarify and confirm its endorsement of the two-state solution.

Abbas recently griped that he doesn't understand the Trump administrations policy toward Israel - complaining that the administration won't go public with its support for a two-state solution and a halt to Israeli settlements.

Netanyahu, who has known Kushner since he was a teenager, received the USA delegation in Jerusalem.

Shapiro said the U.S. should "recalibrate" the USA team's efforts from striking a peace deal to Palestinian institution building and economic development to prepare the Palestinians for future statehood.

3 2017 shows cattle gathered under a bridge next to sewage-polluted waters on the beach of Gaza City
3 2017 shows cattle gathered under a bridge next to sewage-polluted waters on the beach of Gaza City

Speaking alongside Kushner before the start of their meeting at IDF Headquarters in the Kirya military headquarters compound in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said he believed peace was "within our reach".

Kushner is beginning a push for peace talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Kushner is scheduled to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday evening. But he has since given few details of his vision for peace, managing to frustrate both sides.

These troubles will also weigh on Abbas if he is forced into making concessions to Israel.

Since 2011, the Israeli government has also threatened to withhold permits and funding to schools that are not implementing Israeli curriculums in which references to Palestinian identity and culture, the occupation, Israeli settlements and other aspects of Palestinian history were removed. "That is the thinking guiding President Trump and the prime minister of Israel, and so our message to the Palestinians is that time is working against them".

"I'm very pleased to see you again, Jared, with your delegation", said Netanyahu.

MS NAUERT: - day I got up here, and that is the importance of Middle East peace for this administration.

Abbas added: "I can't understand how they are conducting themselves with us", according to Haaretz.