White House Denies Kushner Said Settlement Freeze Could Bring Down Netanyahu

28 August, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Palestinian schoolgirls chat as they head to school on the first day of a new academic year at a United Nations-run school at the Al Shatee refugee camp in Gaza City

Palestinian leaders have grown frustrated with the White House after initially holding out hope that Trump could bring a fresh approach to peace efforts despite his pledges of staunch support for Israel.

"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". According to the report, Kushner claimed that demanding to freeze the construction as a prerequisite will lead to the downfall of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Al-Quds, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Abbas spoke to Jordan's King Abdullah II via a phone call about the outcomes of his meeting with the USA delegation that is working to resume negotiations between Palestinians and Israel.

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.

The American consulate in Jerusalem on Friday morning issued a statement suggesting Thursday evening's meeting in Ramallah between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the U.S. delegation led by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner "was fruitful and focused on how to start substantive talks for the Israeli-Palestinian peace". "So we leave it up to them to be able to work that through".

All of which suggest that the meeting in Ramallah on Thursday was as terse and unproductive as the one in June had been, but both sides - and possibly the Netanyahu government as well - prefer to smear a heap of lipstick on this pig.

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The two-state solution envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and has been the focus of global diplomacy for years.

Kushner and Greenblatt traveled to the Middle East previously this summer to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

That comment, though, which was attributed to the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, was reportedly strongly denied by the White House according to an Israeli newspaper.

More so, Abbas said that Israeli transgressions must come to an end. The two leaders will discuss the recent developments in al-Aqsa and Jerusalem alongside the peace process in Palestine, Kalın said.

He is also facing a graft investigation that limits his room for political manoeuvre, Shapiro noted.

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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