Greenblatt and Kushner also plan to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their visit before returning to Washington, D.C., to brief top Trump administration foreign policy officials.
“Kushner and Greenblatt discussed with President Abbas priorities for the Palestinians and potential next steps, acknowledging the need for economic opportunities for Palestinians and major investments in the Palestinian economy”, a White House statement said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said work had begun for the first new Israeli settlement in two decades, to replace Amona, a settlement outpost built on private Palestinian land that was dismantled in February following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling. The meetings are aimed at laying the groundwork for a resumption of negotiations for the first time in three years.
Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of worldwide diplomacy, is attempting to broker a deal to restart negotiations between the two sides, which have been frozen since talks collapsed in 2014.
Washington’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, also attended the sit-down with Netanyahu.
Netanyahu told Jared Kushner that ‘this is a flawless opportunity to pursue our common goals (between Tel Aviv and Washington) for security, prosperity and peace, ‘ the Israeli PM told the United States visitor before the meeting. During Kushner’s trip, reporters were restricted from asking questions.
Since taking office, Trump has affirmed his ambition to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians and he has had high hopes his Jewish son-in-law is the man to do it.
Trump has tasked Kushner with the ambitious goal of laying the groundwork for what he calls the “ultimate deal”.
For more than 20 years, the U.S. has pushed for a “two-state solution”, meaning an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side and at peace with Israel. But ahead of his last election victory in 2015, he promised there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch, a remark seen as an attempt to shore up right-wing support.
The White House released a statement late Wednesday that achieving peace with the Israelis “will take time“, reports Efe news.
Nabil Shaath, a senior advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, read a speech on Abbas’ behalf at the annual Herzliya security conference near Tel Aviv. Envoy Jason Greenblatt has already made several visits.