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Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week

Irune Rengel | 19 Junio, 2017, 14:16

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, will travel to the Middle East this week in pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

According to the Journal, the White House does not expect major breakthroughs during Kushner's Middle East trip.

Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally, said Palestinians were skeptical of Kushner and Trump's team generally, as they saw the duo was close only to the Israeli side.

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"Our strategic and sole option is to achieve the two-state solution, the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital to live side by side in peace, safety and stability together with the state of Israel along 1967 borders", he said. Following the meetings, Trump said he believed both leaders were "ready to reach for peace".

Despite the criticism, however, Trump also asked Netanyahu last month to "hold back" on Israeli construction in Judea and in order to facilitate peacemaking efforts. "It's not easy. America stands ready to assist in every way we can".

"What did happen is that the [Diplomatic-Security] Cabinet granted retroactive permits for homes built [illegally] over the years, pursuant to a decision made a year ago, during the previous American administration", the official said.

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"Excited to be traveling back to Israel and the Pal".

In 2002, Saudi Arabia proposed allowing for a general recognition of Israel in return for a peace deal with the Palestinians and a withdrawal from the occupied territories.

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"It is important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Kushner and Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington, D.C.", the official told The Washington Post.

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