White House Official: Kushner Never Said Settlement Freeze Will Topple Netanyahu

White House Official: Kushner Never Said Settlement Freeze Will Topple Netanyahu

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.

"I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States", Abbas said in a meeting with the left-wing Meretz Party in Israel, according to a report in Haaretz.

On Thursday, they will meet separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

They have also held talks with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Qatari and Jordanian officials.

Aloul left out that the Palestinians have refused successive offers of a state made by Israel on numerous occasions.

When Trump met Netanyahu at the White House in February, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting right-wing Israelis who want to annex most of the West Bank, but raising deep concern among Palestinians.

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It's not an uncommon threat for the Palestinian leadership to make.

Palestinian officials stated that the delegation - led by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner - made the comments during a meeting with Abbas in Ramallah last Thursday, indicating that the Palestinian demand for an Israeli construction freeze as a precondition for resuming direct peace negotiations is off the table, reported the London-based Arabic daily newspaper Al-Hayat.

An 8-year-old Palestinian girl was killed on Saturday after being struck by an Israeli vehicle in the Nablus district of the nerthern occupied West Bank, according to Israeli sources. "They don't talk about the principle of two countries, they come after having adopted the claims of the Israelis", said Aloul. The two leaders will discuss the recent developments in al-Aqsa and Jerusalem alongside the peace process in Palestine, Kalın said.

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.

Abbas on the other hand wanted Kushner and his peace delegation, which includes Dina Powell and Jason Greenblatt, to commit to 1967 borders for a two-state solution.

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