No Progress in Latest Round of Talks Between Kushner and PA's Abbas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UN secretary general Antonio Guterres at a press conference at the former’s office in Jerusalem
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28 August, 2017

"Both sides agreed to continue with the US-led conversations as the best way to reach a comprehensive peace deal". "We know that things are hard and complicated, but nothing is impossible with honest efforts".

Both sides and the mainstream media tried to give a positive spin, but there's every indication that last week's meeting between U.S. special envoy Jared Kushner and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was just as stormy as the first time the two men got together back in June.

The visit is part of a regional tour by Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, Trump aide Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell. Also, the team will examine economic steps ahead of a potential peace deal. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since the failure of US mediation in the spring of 2014. In addition to meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday, they also have met with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Jordanian and Qatari leaders during their trip. Kushner heard out the Palestinian leader's demands and postponed any responses for the next meeting they have.

However, Abbas stressed that negotiations should be based on the framework of a two-state solution and for illegal settlements to cease.

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.

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News about the outcomes of the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and the United States delegation hit the front pages of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Sunday.

A day prior to Kushner's meetings with Netanyahu and Abbas, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "We are not going to state what the outcome has to be". "We didn't agree to this at all", said Aloul.

Trump is "very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in the area", Kushner said ahead of his meeting with Netanyahu, which took place earlier Thursdayy. "They don't talk about the principle of two countries, they come after having adopted the claims of the Israelis", said Aloul.

"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake،" he opined.


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