Top Trump advisor Kushner met Netanyahu, Abbas in peace push

Top Trump advisor Kushner met Netanyahu, Abbas in peace push

The Palestinians were “disappointed” by the results of their meeting with US envoys to the Middle East Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, Haaretz reported Friday.

The US delegation then traveled to Ramallah to meet with members the Palestinian Authority.

Kushner travelled to Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on Wednesday for talks with Abbas where, according to Abbas’ spokesperson, all major issues at the heart of the conflict were discussed.

The Palestinian official also urged Israeli leaders to take actions for peace and security in the region.

According to the sources, the American delegation came to the meeting and presented Israeli demands but there was no dialogue about restarting bilateral negotiations or the possibility of a joint-summit between Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump.

That meeting, a White House statement said, was “productive and the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to advancing President Trump’s goal of a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that enhances stability in the region”.

Omar Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian rights activist, referred to the Kushner-led team as “the most dishonest broker in the history of USA peacemaking”.

Additionally, Kushner’s inexperience in global affairs and government matters is a major bone of contention.

Previous attempts by Obama’s administration, to negotiate peace, led by the former Secretary of State John Kerry, proved to be futile.

But since Trump assumed office, Israel has drastically increased its settlement programme, and is on course to build the most settlements in 25 years.

Kushner arrived in Israel on Wednesday as a part of the new United States administration’s push to begin mapping out a pathway to the resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

On Wednesday, the White House sent Kushner and Greenblatt to pursue Trump’s hopes for the “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians.

The meeting did not see any agreement or breakthrough on pending issues, including the date of the resumption of negotiations, but only an evidence for Ramallah that the USA was supporting Israel’s viewpoints and would not be able to lead both sides to a solution.

But when Trump met Netanyahu in Washington in February, he said he was not fixed on two states saying, “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like”.