Abbas to meet with U.S. envoys on Thursday

Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Jared Kushner in Tel Aviv

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrived in Israel on Wednesday night, along with a senior USA delegation, for meetings with local leaders in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner arrives in Israel today in the latest USA effort to revive long-stalled Middle East peace talks, but at a time when progress may be more elusive than ever.

The visit of the delegation mainly aims to launch a bid to revive the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks through talks with local leaders. Alongside Kushner, the delegation also includes envoy of global negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, and national security adviser, Dina Powell.

An unnamed USA diplomatic source told reporters in Jerusalem on Wednesday night after the arrival of the delegation that Trump wanted discussions "to focus on the transition to substantive ... peace talks, the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there, and the economic steps that can be taken".

Kushner assured Abbas of President Trump's optimism and hope for peace, though once again this came without any real specifics on what the plan actually was, and still not even offering clarity on whether this is to be a two-state solution or not.

"We have clearly emphasized to the Americans the importance of having a public statement that has a commitment to the two-state solution", Ashraf Khatib, spokesman for the negotiation affairs department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told the Washington Post.

"We have things to talk about - how to advance peace, stability and security in our region, prosperity too". "Talks were effective and significant", Netanyahu's office said, adding "the prime minister expects talks to continue in recent weeks".

Democratic lawmakers on Friday castigated the Trump administration for its ongoing refusal to back a two-state solution as part of its push to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the stance was harming the prospect for peace.

According to a White House readout of a July phone call between Trump and Sissi, the two leaders discussed "the need for all countries to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea, stop hosting North Korean guest workers, and stop providing economic or military benefits to North Korea".

Beyond greeting photographers with a grin, even when standing next to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi hours after the USA withheld $290 million in aid to Cairo, Mr Kushner offered no indications of possible progress during his trip.

The meeting will come toward the end of a tour in which the USA officials also will meet with Israeli and other regional leaders, including from Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

President's son-in law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Trump has not outright endorsed the two-state solution, which has been at the heart of USA policy for almost two decades.

The visit ban, which had applied to both Jewish and Muslim Knesset members, was first imposed previous year amid a months-long spate of violence that left at least 200 Palestinians and 40 Israelis dead.

They were in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday and expected to be in Israel on Wednesday, the official said. I mean, today, a government minister close to Netanyahu said the Palestinian government is not one of peace.



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