Jared Kushner heads to the Middle East


"This is a risk to the peace process because the actual situation on the ground is that of one state, Israel, that applies an apartheid system and we cannot accept this".

However, many Palestinian sources expressed frustration over the fact that the Trump administration has yet to commit to a two-state solution.

But Majdalani also said leaders could also unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood. Trump's administration has become preoccupied with a series of domestic crises, most recently the fallout from the deadly racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

CNN previously reported that the three officials planned to make a trip to the Middle East this month.

MOHAMMED ISHTAYEH: We would like to know, what is the endgame? Given the frequent resignations and high turnover in his administration, it is questionable whether Trump even has time to think about the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. "Never a good omen for peace". A read out from the U.S. Mission noted Israeli-Palestinian peace took place with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

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.

Kushner and other US officials met on Tuesday evening with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

Kushner stressed at the beginning of their meeting that Trump was very optimistic about the chances of reaching a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, saying the president is striving to create a better future for both people.

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The goal is to broker a reunification of Gaza with the Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas, so that a united PA could represent all Palestinians. Trump praised Kushner and Netanyahu after the three-and-a-half hour meeting, writing in an Instagram post that "there is no doubt that our relationship is stronger than ever".

- The rest of the Middle East: Kushner's trip included meetings with a number of other Arab leaders, a recognition of how regional support will be needed for any peace initiative.

All it would take is a difficult Israeli leader to appear less attractive to moderates in Washington vis-à-vis a Kurdish leader desperate for US aid to make Kurdistan America's number one friend in the region.

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Kushner, Greenblatt, and Powell traveled to the Middle East Saturday night and have met with officials from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. "The end of the Israeli occupation of Palestine would be the key to weakening ISIS, Al Qaeda and similar groups".

The state has since offered to move the village's 450 residents temporarily to neighbouring Hura, 8km south of Umm al-Hiran.

"We affirm that this delegation is working toward peace, and we are working with it to achieve soon what Trump called the 'peace deal, '" Abbas concluded.

Ibrahim Fraihat is Associate Professor of International Conflict Resolution at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Affiliate Scholar at Georgetown University in Qatar.