President Abbas meets Trump's senior advisor, discusses efforts to revive peace

29 Août, 2017, 02:25 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
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"The talks had seriously tackled all in-common issues", said Abu Rdineh, adding "President Abbas reiterated to the delegation the Palestinian political stances, mainly the principle of the two-state solution on 1967 borders and stopping all settlement activities".

Netanyahu's office said in a statement he and Kushner spoke about ways to advance peace and regional security.

The American delegation, which held talks with Abbas at his headquarters, included U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy and top negotiator Jason Greenblatt, son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

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".

He has espoused staunchly pro-Israel rhetoric during his campaign and presidency, but Palestinian leaders have held out hope a deal could be reached.

Specifically, they are seeking a halt in Israeli settlement construction on occupied lands and an American commitment to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. He said this week's visit "cemented Saudi and other Arab officials' respect" for Kushner and his team, who organized Trump's visit to the kingdom in May.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a support gathering by Likud party members and activists at the Tel Aviv Convention Center on August 9, 2017. "We know that things are difficult and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with good efforts". "It looks like this delegation was sent to give the impression that the process is still alive".

But the potential issues with that tactic were underscored in Egypt, where Kushner's trip awkwardly coincided with a surprise U.S. decision to withhold millions of dollars in aid from Cairo. But he's willing to take risks on the reform side, too, including challenging the kingdom's religious establishment.

The Trump administration seems to envision an "outside-in" strategy for breaking the Palestinian-Israeli stalemate.

Netanyahu's office later described the talks as "constructive and substantive", without giving further details.

U.S. Jews have long expressed dissatisfaction with Trump, whose administration has been accused of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Both sides agreed to continue with the U.S. -led conversations as the best way to reach a peace deal, the State Department statement said.

He said the Palestinian Authority was ready to "revise and negotiate" its payment system, but would not submit to pressure. "And having the backing of the White House is very important".

In recent weeks Palestinian officials have criticized the administration's unwillingness to publicly back the creation of a Palestinian state or endorse the Palestinians' territorial demands in the West Bank.

Zomlot said that for the Palestinian Authority, the preferred outcome remained a recommitment to the two-state solution.

"In just a couple of years since I've been in the Samaria area for instance there's been a tremendous amount of growth in factories and development", Lankford said.

He has not come out in support of the two-state solution, a position backed by most of the international community and also his Republican and Democratic predecessors, indicating vaguely that he supports whichever solution the sides agree to.

Netanyahu, meanwhile, is facing a growing corruption investigation that could soon lead to an indictment against him. Now they have a partner in the White House.