Palestinian president to hold talks in Ankara

Kushner meets Israeli PM

The paper said Abbas agreed to Kushner's proposal, but demanded that Trump personally commit to the USA peace plan, setting a meeting between the two leaders during the UN General Assembly in September.

"We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with these good efforts".

The Palestinian administration had reportedly expressed pessimism at USA peace efforts, and Abbas had reportedly sought a US commitment to endorse the two-state solution.

Before arriving in the region, Kushner, along with a delegation that includes Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy Adviser Dina Powell, visited the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, reports CNN. In January, U.S President Donald Trump pledged to urge Israelis and Palestinians for a peace deal. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since the failure of USA mediation in the spring of 2014.

The Palestinian source also said Kushner told Abbas the USA was under the impression the PA president does not trust the White House and stressed that the United States is working hard toward creating the conditions for a peace deal.

"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.

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"We have clearly emphasized to the Americans the importance of having a public statement that has a commitment to the two-state solution", said Ashraf Khatib, a spokesman for the negotiation affairs department of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. "We didn't agree to this at all", said Aloul.

Jared Kushner is once again flexing his expert peacemaking muscles by telling Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Israel can't stop building illegal settlements on Palestinian land because that would be bad for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We've also told the Americans that we want clarity on their approach".

Analysts say a corruption scandal engulfing the Israeli leader will make him even more beholden to fringe elements within his right-wing coalition, likely making him an inflexible negotiating partner.

"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake،" he opined.

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.

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