Kushner's Mideast peace push met with Palestinian skepticism


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will pay an official visit to Turkey and will hold a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week, local media reported Wednesday.

Trump has said he would accept any solution that would resolve the conflict.

First of all, they're demanding the Trump administration publicly commit to a Palestinian state, which previous USA administrations have done.

"We have a lot of things to talk about - how to advance peace, stability and security in our region, prosperity too", Netanyahu said in brief public remarks as he met Kushner in Tel Aviv.

After negotiations in Israel, the USA delegation is also scheduled to hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Indeed, the situation on the ground in the West Bank heartland of the envisioned Palestinian state has deteriorated, according to the left-wing Israeli Peace Now movement, which monitors settlement activity. In an op-ed entitled "The never-ending peace process farce", Liebler says Abbas real goal is the destruction of the Jewish state.

ESTRIN: Well, the White House hasn't really said what the Arab leaders said in those meetings.

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"In that situation, politically, domestically, and I would say personally, with all the problems that [Netanyahu] has back home, it's nearly impossible to create new plans and new ideas", said Yoaz Hendel, chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies, a conservative Israeli think tank. They thought that it is very simple, and slowly, slowly they are learning that it is very complicated.

The Palestinian official who spoke with Al-Monitor said that although the PA's belligerent course of action could result in serious damage to its relationship with Washington, these were not empty threats and the ultimatum to the USA had been carefully considered.

"Abbas is coming to the end of his reign". Extremists on both sides have been trying to discredit the two-state vision since it was internationally adopted. "That's the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it". "We have seen it happen before". He also accompanied Trump to Jerusalem during the president's first trip in May. And Netanyahu did have some polite remarks at the start of that meeting.

Kushner, the 36-year-old commercial real estate magnate whose marriage to Trump's eldest daughter has thrust the otherwise inexperienced diplomat into the center of United States foreign relations, now wields a hefty foreign affairs portfolio in the Trump administration.

"That kind of leverage has a very short shelf life if it's not used", warns Daniel Shapiro, the former US Ambassador to Israel under Barack Obama.

In a statement sent by email, with the headline "Trump Admin becoming Obstacle to Middle East Peace", the group's president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, said that by taking up such a stance, the administration was hurting its own efforts to reach peace. "They all come in thinking they'll be the ones to solve this, and then they find out how hard it really is".