Fatah Official: Jared Kushner's Mideast Peace Mission Is a 'Delusion'

Aug 28, 2017, 01:13
Fatah Official: Jared Kushner's Mideast Peace Mission Is a 'Delusion'

Trump also faces a range of crises in addition to controversies at home that may make it hard for him to focus on the complexities of a major Israeli-Palestinian peace push.

"We have told the Americans that we are committed to the American effort", Khatib said.

But Palestinian leaders note that the White House has not even said clearly whether its focus will be a two-state solution to the conflict, which has been longstanding U.S. policy. "We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with good efforts".

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The visit comes with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not in position to make major concessions, some analysts say, and no details have emerged of how Trump's team would overcome that.

"While Netanyahu keeps putting up obstacles to avoid getting to the negotiating table for fear that his government will collapse, Abbas wants to move forward because he is under growing domestic pressure", he said.

A USA delegation led by Jared Kushner had a "productive" meeting with the Palestinian Authority on how to begin Middle East peace talks, the State Department said Friday, though some Palestinian officials expressed frustration that the US still has not committed to a two-state solution.

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In past weeks, skepticism was sounded by Palestinian officials about USA peace efforts, but both Netanyahu and Abbas have expressed willingness to cooperate with American efforts to renew the talks.

At which point Trump's son-in-law told Abbas that the U.S. would not ask Israel to halt settlement construction because such a move would mean the collapse of the Netanyahu government.

State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert explained earlier this week that committing to a two-state solution would "bias" the outcome of a peace agreement between Israel and the PA.

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The paper said Abbas agreed to Kushner's proposal, but demanded that Trump personally commit to the United States peace plan, setting a meeting between the two leaders during the UN General Assembly in September. "We hope they can work together and live together for many years and have a much better life". "This is a big problem in mindset and we won't agree to continue down this path". It has to be workable to both sides. They talked to us about incitement.

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