He said this week's visit "cemented Saudi and other Arab officials' respect" for Kushner and his team, who organized Trump's visit to the kingdom in May.
"A lot of the growth is just population growth - what some people call settlements - is just new people born and new houses need to be built", he explained. He is the author of Unfinished Revolutions (Yale University Press, 2016). The experts hadn't done so well finding a solution, so why not give them a try?
Since April, the PA has carried out a series of punitive measures aimed to force Hamas to cede control of the Gaza Strip, including the slashing of civil servants' salaries, cutting electricity to residents, and limiting medical services and funds. But Israel's right-wing government and its supporters have been more accepting of the U.S. president, even in light of Charlottesville.
Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Jared Kushner in Tel Aviv.
"That can show they did not change what President Trump said - simply took account of what the parties could agree to".
Kushner's family financed settlements in the West Bank, and Friedman wasted no time upon his arrival before embarking on championing the settlers' cause, interpreting Trump's request to "hold back with settlements for a while" as a tacit complicity to continue building. Above all, they don't think Netanyahu is a partner for peace.
According to Abu Rdineh, Abbas stressed on the international resolutions, the signed agreements, the roadmap and the Arab peace initiative.
Husam Zomlot, the PLO envoy to Washington, speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C., Aug. 17, 2017.
It set the stage for the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when hundreds of thousands of Palestinian fled or were expelled from their homes by Israel during the 1948 war. Number one, they want to know whether the Trump administration wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel, the solution previous administrations have championed for years.
Such moves put Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a difficult position.
The hate and ugliness that transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia, exposed the hypocrisy and insincerity in a faraway place, in Israel.
Amid Palestinian and Jordanian unrest, and U.S. mediation efforts, Israel dismantled the walk-through gates on July 25 and said it would install less obtrusive security measures.
One week before the Charlottesville events, a bomb exploded at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Centre in suburban Minneapolis.
It was his opinion, and that of the overwhelming majority of U.N. member-states, that "there is no plan B", he said during a visit to Cairo.
Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, is in Cairo as part of an effort to revive Mideast peace talks. But they share a common enemy in Iran.
The Palestinian president has said he would pressure Kushner to have the White House reaffirm commitment to the two-state solution.
Ibrahim Fraihat is Associate Professor of International Conflict Resolution at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Affiliate Scholar at Georgetown University in Qatar.
Still, many analysts were surprised by the U.S. decision.
The administration has also sought to protect Israel at the United Nations from criticism of its occupation of Palestinian land. Kushner then questioned what he could do that other administrations had not yet tried.