Abbas to meet with US envoys on Thursday — Official

Steve Bannon

There's no doubt that persistence in peacemaking is critical.

Abbas reportedly spoke bluntly: "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". The group came away hopeful that the new generation of Arab leaders is a potential "game-changer", said a senior administration official. Peace talks can be a gamble for a politician.

Netanyahu's office issued a news release saying "the talks were constructive and substantive and the prime minister looks forward to continuing those discussions in the weeks ahead".

Over the past three days, the trio met with leaders in the region, including leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the White House said.

That ambiguity has angered the Palestinians.

The U.S. team is in the Middle East in an attempt to find a way to kick-start the peace process, which Trump has described as the "ultimate deal". "It has to be workable to both sides", Nauert continued. "Some of the questions are what's in the best interests of the people", he said.

The bill also calls on "all donor countries" to cease direct budgetary support until the PA stops all terror payments, and requires the State Department to put out an annual, declassified report detailing the PA's terror payments.

"The how is crucial", he said.

Trump has embraced Sissi as a key partner in the global war against Islamist extremism, downplaying concerns over his human rights record.

While members of the international community have rested the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the discontinuation of illegal Israeli settlements and the establishment of a two-state solution, Israeli leaders have instead shifted further to the right, with more than 50 percent of the ministers in the current Israeli government publicly stating their opposition to a Palestinian state.

Or will he propose a top-down policy?

During the campaign, a former Cruz operative said, she was also livid when the Texas Republican endorsed Trump and cited national security as one of his reasons for supporting the Republican nominee.

Whichever direction Kushner and the administration decide to takes, they need to make their plans known soon.

Jared Kushner and Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah in a meeting called "productive" by US Secretary of State. "Looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", he said in February, at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.

It was not clear whether Kushner offered any clarity during his three-hour meeting with Abbas. Extremists on both sides have been trying to discredit the two-state vision since it was internationally adopted. "And having the backing of the White House is very important".

Trump has assigned the job to Kushner, special envoy Jason Greenblatt and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Palestinian sources have claimed that only Israel can benefit from negotiation without any guiding framework.

The settlement issue contributed to the breakdown of negotiations three years ago. What kinds of observations are they making about all of this?

Another factor: Trump has also suggested massive cuts to the overall U.S. foreign aid budget, insisting the U.S. should instead use that money to build up its own military.

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