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

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2017

President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is joining President Trump's attorney Jason Greenblatt on yet another visit to the Middle East this week, to help push along the much desired peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a White House official told the Wall Street Journal Sunday.

According to the publication, the senior adviser will meet Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, before he will visit Ramallah to discuss the peace agreement with President Mahmoud Abbas. Kushner will travel along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to Trump and special representative for global negotiations.

The visit comes a month after Trump's maiden trip to the region, during which he met with Israeli and Palestinian officials and committed to working to bring both sides together in a lasting peace agreement.

"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.

According to CNN, Trump has appointed some of his "trusted advisers" to take the lead in reaching a peace deal with Netanyahu and Abbas.

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The meeting was followed by a brief press conference after which Trump left Bethlehem to visit the Israel Museum and Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

Kushner and Greenblatt will have meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah to hear directly from the Israeli and Palestinian leadership "about their priorities and potential next steps", the official said. "He strongly believes that peace is possible", the official said. "Territories to continue the discussion about the possibility of peace".

Trump has deputized Kushner and Greenblatt with leading the USA efforts at Middle East peace. Trump chose to delay fulfilling a campaign promise to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem in an attempt to advance the prospects of a peace agreement, the White House said earlier this month.

Earlier this month, Trump waived a law that requiring the USA to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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