Kushner says Trump "committed" to achieving peace in Mideast


At the time, Palestinians had accused Israel of attempting to alter the site's historical system of prayer and visiting rights, referred to as the "status quo".

"The level of optimism from the Palestinian leadership and people towards the Trump administration is zero", he said.

"His rallying the base shows he feels the need to shore up his support", said Dennis Ross, who served as the Middle East envoy under President Bill Clinton.

The Palestinians will present President Donald Trump's negotiating team with an ultimatum at their upcoming meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Zomlot said the Palestinian Authority wanted two states based on the 1967 borders, and wanted to hear from the Trump administration how best to deal with factors that would endanger a peaceful outcome, including Jewish settlements, the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and religious tensions at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which both Jews and Muslims claim as holy.

"They want to garner Arab political and financial support for the Palestinians", Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to Washington, told The National ahead of the trip. His government, his base are very much against creating a Palestinian state. Extremists on both sides have been trying to discredit the two-state vision since it was internationally adopted. He lacks even the most basic understanding of what he really wants to achieve, a two-state, one-state, or no-state solution. "Kushner is our dog", the sign said.

The six newly-installed portacabins donated by the EU were put in place so that local children did not have to walk an hour to get to school. In a confounding move, the State Department suggested Thursday that it could not commit to that solution, the one long endorsed by American, Palestinian and other international leaders, because it would indicate bias - a position that shocked some observers.

Or will he propose a top-down policy?

Specifically, they are seeking a halt in Israeli settlement construction on occupied lands and an American commitment to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Cairo's foreign ministry slammed the decision, calling it a "a misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that binds the two countries over decades".

This was just one example of the increasing complexity of regional politics. A read out from the U.S. Mission noted Israeli-Palestinian peace took place with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, is in Cairo as part of an effort to revive Mideast peace talks. But Mr. Shoukry later met with Mr. Kushner alongside Mr. Sisi.

Kushner arrived in Israel with US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday after meeting Arab leaders in the Gulf, Egypt and Jordan. Palestinian sources have claimed that only Israel can benefit from negotiation without any guiding framework. And the parties will grow accustomed to his visits and weary of his talking points. McMaster, too, was pleased with the arrangement: It helped integrate what Greenblatt and Kushner had been doing with his NSC desk. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained.

And the President's political travails at home, particularly the self-inflicted wounds in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, have raised serious questions about Trump's capacity and focus to deliver on the peace process - or any other issue.