Netanyahu to Kushner: Peace in Region 'Within Our Reach'

Tabitha Dunn
August 25, 2017

But Palestinian expectations were muted on Thursday.

Mr Kushner described the US-Israel relationship as "stronger than ever".

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, peace envoy Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell met with Netanyahu as part of a visit to the region in a bid to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. He arrived late on Wednesday after talks in the Gulf, Jordan and Egypt.

Netanyahu said such a deal is "within our reach", and promised to work with the Trump administration "to advance peace, stability and security in our region".

On Wednesday, the USA delegation is expected to arrive in Israel, the media outlet said citing a White House aide.

Netanyahu instructed police in October 2015 to bar lawmakers from visiting the site in the Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque complex and the Dome of the Rock.

The State Department's spokeswoman "displayed unsafe ignorance about the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and what it will take to end it", Ben-Ami said.

A couple dozen Palestinians protested the visit on Thursday in Ramallah, burning the Israeli flag and pictures of Trump. Kushner said the administration is focused on a regional approach to resolving the conflict. "We have seen it happen before. This is a very sharp increase over the past year".

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But at the same time, Majdalani said they could also unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood.

The two-state solution envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, a concept which has been the focus of global diplomacy for years.

Settlement in Arab neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem also made it increasingly hard to see how the city could be divided as part of a compromise solution.

ESTRIN: The White House issued a statement this afternoon saying there are likely to be a lot of ups and downs on the way to peace and making a peace deal will take time. Said, you want to talk about Israel?

Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told reporters this week that Netanyahu, who faces multiple corruption investigations, and Abbas, who faces internal Palestinian political pressures, do not appear motivated to participate in a serious peace process.

Mr Masri believes the Americans have made a decision to opt for a strategy of offering the Palestinians economic improvement as an inducement to negotiate.

"Britain. and the rest of the world have to obligate the Israeli government to accept the principle of [the so-called] two states based on the June 4, 1967 borders, that is an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital ... and a halt to all Israeli colonial activities", Erekat told his British guest. The official added that Trump believes that "the restoration of calm and the stabilized situation in Jerusalem after the recent crisis on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif has created an opportunity to continue discussions and the pursuit of peace". "Kushner is our dog", the sign said. "Every visit with zero results has negative effects because people lose any hope that there will be change".

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