Kushner Visit to Middle East to Bringing Peace between Israel and Palestine

"President Abbas reaffirmed Palestinian positions, especially the principle of the two-state solution within the 1967 borders and the cessation of all settlement activities, stressing the relevant resolutions of global legitimacy, the signed understandings, the road map plan and the Arab peace initiative", Abu Rudeina said. "There hasn't been any".

"While Netanyahu keeps putting up obstacles to avoid getting to the negotiating table for fear that his government will collapse, Abbas wants to move forward because he is under growing domestic pressure", he said.

If one were to read only the diplo-speak through which the Trump Administration Mideast peace envoys summarized their just-concluded trip to Jerusalem and Ramallah, it would be apparent that there was little of note to report. "We know that things are hard and complicated، but there is nothing impossible with good efforts،" he added.

Americans again raised the issue of salaries paid by the Authority to prisoners and families of dead- Abbas told Kushner that he would not stop the reimbursements.

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An American diplomatic delegation reportedly informed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas last week that a freeze of Israeli construction in the West Bank would topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

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

Abbas on the other hand wanted Kushner and his peace delegation, which includes Dina Powell and Jason Greenblatt, to commit to 1967 borders for a two-state solution.

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 USA policy.

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

Both sides agreed to continue with the US -led conversations as the best way to reach a peace deal, the State Department statement said. "This is a big problem in mindset and we won't agree to continue down this path". It's been many، many decades، as you well know، that the parties have not been able to come to any kind of good agreement and sustainable solution to this.

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

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