Seizure of Land Benefits Palestinians — Israeli State

Illustrative Schoolchildren in the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar

White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading a delegation to the Middle East on behalf of US President Donald Trump to discuss the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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

This should not be interpreted as an indication that the US has abandoned Israel.

If the Trump Administration is serious about facilitating peace, it must call out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government for their share in hindering peace efforts.

Palestinian demonstrators protest against the US delegation headed by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner ahead of its scheduled meeting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, on August 24, 2017.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the Muslims of the world to show solidarity in issues related to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, adding that it was necessary to prevent the same abuse, violation of rights and attacks.

For more than two decades, that proposal has served as the internationally accepted cornerstone for solving the conflict. Number two, they want to know whether the Trump administration will press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank where the Palestinians want to build their own country.

The Israelis, on the other hand, appreciate that with the Trump administration in disarray, mixed messages have emerged in relation to the peace process.

ESTRIN: Well, they're saying a lot.

The administration has also sought to protect Israel at the United Nations from criticism of its occupation of Palestinian land.

NSC staffer Victoria Coates' move to Kushner's office has tied Trump's Middle East strategy more closely to the traditional White House foreign policy apparatus.

No matter who had won the 2016 US election, getting to a two-state solution would have been a real stretch.

Following the crackdown, the administration of former President Barack Obama temporarily froze some military assistance to Egypt, but eventually restored it. "I'm looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like". He thus is unlikely to make concessions to the Palestinians or crack down on settlement expansion, limiting his ability to maneuver in negotiations.

Abbas was quoted by Israeli newspapers last weekend questioning why talks are being held at all given the "chaos in the (Trump) administration". One Arab analyst speculated - somewhat fantastically - that the Saudis might host such a happening in Jeddah. "It has to be workable to both sides, and I think, really, that's the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it".

"Why are you so loath to say - to commit yourself, to recommit yourself to the two-state solution?" asked Said Arikat, Washington bureau chief for the Palestinian newspaperAl- Quds. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror said Tuesday that he did not believe any significant developments were on the cards. Civil society action by Palestinians prevented the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the installation of electronic gates and cameras. And while they may humor him because of his closeness to the President, they won't take him seriously. Kushner met with leaders from some of those countries this week. Powell is the only team member to have experience in government service.

Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts have been at a standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed in 2014.

Right now the emperor has no clothes. Children are brainwashed into regarding Jews as subhuman descendants of apes and pigs, propaganda reminiscent of and frequently replicated from Nazi sources.

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