Published: Wed, August 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Kushner leads United States delegation for peace talks in Middle East

Kushner leads United States delegation for peace talks in Middle East

Kushner, also the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, traveled to the Middle East Sunday with White House deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, a White House official said Tuesday.

The Palestinians are hoping for some clear answers on key disputes with Israel from US envoy Jared Kushner when he returns to the region this week, a top Palestinian official said Tuesday.

High up on his agenda is the possibility of resuming talks between the Israelis and Palestinians on the peace process.

"Since then we didn't hear from them", he said Tuesday.

Trump issued a six-month waiver instead.

Trusted Palestinians sources reported that President Mahmud Abbas in going to his first global visit ever since he announced cutting ties with Israel under the pretext of its attempts for changing security measures on Al-Aqsa gates.

Mr. Jenèa said that the recent crisis in Jerusalem's Old City - including several violent attacks and the resulting temporary closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque - highlighted the unsustainability of the current situation, and the need for a political horizon and a clear re-commitment by the worldwide community and both parties to realizing a two-state solution that meets the legitimate national aspirations and security needs of both Palestinians and Israelis.

"We hope they bring clear answers this time", he added.

American and Israeli source recently published that the American government reassured the Palestinian government emphasizing on the American effort and where it stands America stands in terms of the peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis confirming that the American delegation will take into consideration numerous Palestinian demands.

Trump has tasked Kushner with the ambitious goal of laying the groundwork for what he calls the "ultimate deal".

Palestine is seeking a freeze in Israeli settlement construction and a USA endorsement of its independence as part of a "two-state solution" with Israel.

Netanyahu's hand has been weakened by an ongoing corruption probe. He has urged Israel to show restraint in settlement construction, but not demanded a freeze, disappointing the Palestinians. Israel had welcomed the promise, while the Palestinians strongly opposed it.

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