Trump Aide Kushner Renews Push for Mid-East Peace

Residents of the village had been fighting a legal battle against their eviction for 13 years

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

DAVID MAKOVSKY: Maybe it should go like this - every step Israel takes towards the Palestinians, you Sunni states take towards Israel.

At the time, Palestinians had accused Israel of attempting to alter the site's historical system of prayer and visiting rights, referred to as the "status quo". He said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his older brother, "is optimistic in light of the commitment of Donald Trump to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians". He said the resistance would be "peaceful". "We know that this issue is difficult and complex, but nothing is impossible in the face of good efforts", Abbas said during the parley with Kushner, carried by Palestinian news outlet Wafa. His government, his base are very much against creating a Palestinian state. "There hasn't been any".

It is Kushner's third trip to the region.

'I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States, ' Abbas told a delegation from the left-wing Meretz party, Haaretz reported. He thus is unlikely to make concessions to the Palestinians or crack down on settlement expansion, limiting his ability to maneuver in negotiations. The experts hadn't done so well finding a solution, so why not give them a try?

"Up until today, Israeli laws in the West Bank applied only to Israeli citizens on a personal basis".

While a White House delegation meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the US State Department indicated a significant shift away from the anti-Israel two-state solution, admitting that it was "biased".

Another obstacle in front of this administration's success is the lead mediator Mr Kushner himself.

Similar courteous cookie-cutter statements were heard after Kushner's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Although there was once hope that Arab states could form an uneasy alliance with Israel over their shared animosity with Iran, a still-running dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar threatens to overshadow any other diplomatic initiatives in the region.

Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Va., questions Mylan CEO Heather Bresch as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, before the House Oversight Committee hearing on EpiPen price increases. Although Dahlan is a long-time rival of Abbas, U.S. officials insist they don't want to undermine the PA leader. The move came after the United States announced on Tuesday that it would punish Egypt for human rights abuses by withholding aid. And as part of the President's family, Kushner is no ordinary envoy. They were fearful of the incoming administration, which was stacked with pro-Israel advisers and appointees, and which was determined to upset the Beltway consensus about everything, especially the Middle East. Trump, and Kushner, had virtually unprecedented negotiating leverage. And the parties will grow accustomed to his visits and weary of his talking points.

In an interview, Coates gave most of the credit to Greenblatt for the successful de-escalation. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained. In addition, he called on donors to respond urgently to the $25 million humanitarian appeal issued in July in the wake of the electricity crisis, and to fill the current 70 per cent funding gap.

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