USA calls talk with Abbas 'productive'
- Author: Joey Payne Aug 28, 2017,
Aug 28, 2017, 1:17
"It was agreed to continue the dialogue aimed at reaching a comprehensive and historic peace deal".
"We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with these good efforts".
According to Al-Hayat, the delegation led by Kushner expressed openness to the two-state solution while refusing to divide the borders of these countries within the 1967 borders, a determination which the delegation said should be left to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
In addition to Kushner and Abbas, the Ramallah meeting was attended by special envoy for worldwide negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Dr. Saeb Erekat, Presidential Advisor for Economic Affairs Mohammed Mustafa, head of the General Intelligence Service Maj.
The U.S., however, has described the trip as productive.
"Without a clear American commitment to the two-state solution and stopping settlements and ending the occupation، we don't expect much from this administration،" he added. The reason being the Palestinian Authority informed the United States that he was not welcomed in Ramallah.
The US team is attempting to find a way to kick-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in hopes of reaching what Trump has called the "ultimate deal".
Sources claim that Kushner explained to the Palestinians why freezing the construction in the settlements as a prerequisite is not possible, claiming it will harm Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prior to meeting with Abbas, the American delegation met with Netanyahu last Thursday afternoon, with Kushner stating at the gathering that the US-Israel relationship "is stronger than ever". "We've also told the Americans that we want clarity on their approach".
More so, Abbas said that Israeli transgressions must come to an end.
"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake", Khatib said.
This is now the second time in as many visits Kushner has repeated Netanyahu talking points at Abbas, thinking that would somehow push peace talks along.