Kushner: "Relationship between Israel and America is stronger than ever"

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Hundreds of Palestinians on Thursday have marched against visit of the USA political delegation which is expected to arrive in Ramallah city today to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas, as part of the so-called U.S. efforts to launch Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

Ahead of the visit, sources close to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) said the Palestinian leader would give the Trump administration 45 days to declare a commitment to the two-state solution, or risk a Palestinian push on the global stage to declare Palestinian statehood.

President Mahmud Abbas reportedly told Israeli left-wing politicians recently that despite more than 20 meetings with United States officials he was still unclear what Trump's strategy was.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is part of a delegation that traveled to the Middle East for peace talks, the Trump administration said Tuesday.

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 U.S. foreign relations, now wields a hefty foreign affairs portfolio in the Trump administration.

We've seen it in North America in government education policies targeting indigenous populations and children of color, we've seen it in regimes throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia, and now it look likes we're seeing it take form in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Renewed U.S. engagement with our Middle East allies is welcome and badly needed", said Josh Block, president and CEO of The Israel Project, told Politico.

President Trump's son-in-law is on his third attempt at getting peace talks restarted between Israelis and Palestinians.

"I do not think the American envoys are coming carrying anything - nothing at all", he told reporters.

'Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements.

He said it was an option under consideration because "the American administration has not presented any initiative until now, while the Israelis continue with their settlement activities and refuse to abide by obligations they signed up to".

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met with the Saudi crown prince and Qatar's emir, kicking off a regional trip to explore the possibility of re-energizing Israel-Palestinian peace efforts that stalled more than three years ago.

A couple dozen Palestinians protested the visit on Thursday in Ramallah, burning the Israeli flag and pictures of Trump.

In Tel Aviv and Ramallah, Kushner is encountering two leaders seemingly unable and unwilling to make concessions that are necessary for any real progress. "That's why we will ask them whether they have answers about the basic issues". "That is the thinking guiding President Trump and the prime minister of Israel, and so our message to the Palestinians is that time is working against them".



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