White House Denies Kushner Said Settlement Freeze Could Bring Down Netanyahu

Laura Christensen
August 28, 2017

Asked if the USA delegation demanded an end to the payments of the families of Palestinian terrorists and their families, Aloul answered, "Not only this, President Trump has interfered in much smaller issues like what's published on certain sites".

The visit is part of a regional tour by Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, Trump aide Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

The American consulate in Jerusalem on Friday morning issued a statement suggesting Thursday evening's meeting in Ramallah between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the U.S. delegation led by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner "was fruitful and focused on how to start substantive talks for the Israeli-Palestinian peace".

Palestinian leaders have grown frustrated with the White House after initially holding out hope that Trump could bring a fresh approach to peace efforts despite his pledges of staunch support for Israel. In January, U.S President Donald Trump pledged to urge Israelis and Palestinians for a peace deal.

"We know that this delegation is working for peace, and we are working with it to achieve what President Trump has called a peace deal", Abbas said at the beginning of the meeting, according to the Palestinian Authority news site Wafa.

The Palestinian threats came shortly after the Trump Administration broke with decades of American foreign policy by declaring it was no longer committed to the "two-state solution".

"We have told the Americans that we are committed to the American effort،" Khatib said.

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However, Abbas stressed that negotiations should be based on the framework of a two-state solution and for illegal settlements to cease.

"We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with these good efforts".

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

A small group of demonstrators gathered in Ramallah as the meeting took place Thursday, protesting a delegation that is widely seen as biased toward Israel.

"And I think, really, that's the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it".

However, the intervening years since the end of the last round of talks has resulted in more violence and a weakening of the political positions of Netanyahu and Abbas.

Other reports by My Hot News

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