Kushner says freezing construction in West Bank will harm Netanyahu

Kushner says freezing construction in West Bank will harm Netanyahu

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold talks in Ankara on August 28 amid calls for the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to end the conflict.

Trump also faces a range of crises in addition to controversies at home that may make it hard for him to focus on the complexities of a major Israeli-Palestinian peace push.

Prior to meeting with Abbas last week, Kushner met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, where he told the premier that Trump is "very committed" to help broker a peace deal.

Before arriving in the region, Kushner, along with a delegation that includes Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy Adviser Dina Powell, visited the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, reports CNN. "So we leave it up to them to be able to work that through".

According to Al-Hayat, the delegation led by Kushner expressed openness to the two-state solution while refusing to divide the borders of these countries within the 1967 borders, a determination which the delegation said should be left to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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

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Trump aides have held a series of meetings with both sides, portraying them as hearing out concerns before deciding on a way forward, while the USA president himself visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in May.

Should Kushner and his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, fail to strong-arm the Israelis back in line, the Palestinians said they would "turn to an alternative plan on which they have been working for the past two years".

But at the same time, Majdalani said they could also unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood.

Analysts say a corruption scandal engulfing the Israeli leader will make him even more beholden to fringe elements within his right-wing coalition, likely making him an inflexible negotiating partner.

Shapiro, now a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies think-tank in Tel Aviv, said the focus should instead be on short-term goals such as improving the Palestinian economy in order to keep the possibility of a two-state solution alive.

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".

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