Will Trump Pull Out of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks?


A report in London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, however, quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying talks between Kushner and Abbas were "tense", with Abbas furious that USA officials had demanded that the PA stop payments to the families of Palestinian attackers.

Hadas Malka. The Hill cited a report from the Jerusalem Post, based on a translation from an article in al-Hayat, an Arabic newspaper based in London. Abbas angrily accused Kushner and Trump's lead worldwide negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, of taking Israel's side and refused to commit to the request.

The report claimed that Trump is to determine the future of reigniting Mideast peace efforts in the near future, including the possibility of withdrawing completely from the process.

Jared Kushner's meeting with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas left officials "greatly disappointed", according to reports.

"They sounded like Netanyahu's advisers and not like fair arbiters", an official told the newspaper.

Kushner also reportedly insisted that Palestinian officials halt all incitement against Israel, and expressed disappointment that Abbas had failed to condemn last week's deadly terrorist stabbing in Jerusalem, which took the life of a young female Border Police officer.

The negative reports came after Abbas allegedly had a "tense" meeting with Trump in the West Bank city of Bethlehem last month, according to USA officials with knowledge of the matter.

The talk between Kushner and Palestinian Authority President#Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday was tense.

Erekat accused Israel of "inventing new excuses", and trying to "deviate attention" with claims like incitement, "every time there is a chance for peace".

In discussion with Greenblatt before Kushner's visit, Palestinian sources said the phrase "two-state solution" had not been used, Reuters reported.

"We call upon the Israeli government to stop trying to find excuses to perpetuate its illegal colonial settlement occupation and systematic denial of Palestinian rights".

Kushner traveled to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders last week in order to jump start peace talks. So much for finding a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict not being "as hard as people have thought over the years".

This comes after comments Trump made earlier this month that Israel and the Palestinian Authority were "ready to reach peace".

Spicer said the Kushner-Abbas meeting was "positive". "It's something that, I think, is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", the president said.