Jared Kushner to travel to Israel and West Bank

Cabinet reopens debate on expanding Palestinian city

Kushner was a key architect of Trump's trip to Israel and Palestinian areas on May 22-23, which the White House hailed as a success.

Kushner will join Trump's special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, as the current administration looks to draft an American statement of principles for negotiating the peace talks between the longstanding adversaries.

He will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, ABC News has confirmed. The two men work closely together. Later in May, Trump said during a visit to Israel that both parties are "reaching for peace", and also reportedly lambasting Abbas for "lying" about working towards peace with Israel.

Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said.

However, the Times report quoted Saudi sources who dismissed the notion of a possible upgrade in diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, saying this was wishful thinking on behalf of the White House, which wishes to demonstrate immediate progress following President Donald Trump's recent visit to the region.

PLO Executive Committee member, Saleh Raafat, said that Greenblatt and Kushner are set to "discuss views on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

Citing Arab and USA sources, the report said that the links would start small, such as allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf and letting El Al, Israel's national carrier, to fly over Saudi airspace, but would eventually lead to full normalization. "Territories to continue the discussion about the possibility of peace", wrote Greenblatt on Twitter. The official told the Journal that Kushner and these leaders will talk about "their priorities and potential next steps".

This move came after Donald Trump emphasized his desire to bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

In response the Israelis said that "maintaining embassies outside the capital drives peace further away by helping keep alive the Palestinian fantasy that the Jewish people and the Jewish state have no connection to Jerusalem".



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