White House Official: Kushner Never Said Settlement Freeze Will Topple Netanyahu

Posted August 28, 2017

Both sides agreed to continue with the US -led conversations as the best way to reach a peace deal, the State Department statement said. "We know that things are hard and complicated, but nothing is impossible with honest efforts".

Al-Quds, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Abbas spoke to Jordan's King Abdullah II via a phone call about the outcomes of his meeting with the U.S. delegation that is working to resume negotiations between Palestinians and Israel.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is part of a delegation that traveled to the Middle East for peace talks, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Most significantly for the Palestinians was the failure to obtain economic freedom to develop what is termed "Area C" in the 1993 Oslo Accords - the section of the West Bank under both Israeli administrative and security control - and a commitment from the American interlocutors to establish dates and milestones for the negotiating process it oversees.

But the US delegation refrained from committing to a two-state solution - the primary focus of peace efforts for decades.

However, Abbas stressed that negotiations should be based on the framework of a two-state solution and for illegal settlements to cease.

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News about the outcomes of the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and the U.S. delegation hit the front pages of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies on Sunday.

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

The American consulate in Jerusalem on Friday morning issued a statement suggesting Thursday evening's meeting in Ramallah between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the United States delegation led by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner "was fruitful and focused on how to start substantive talks for the Israeli-Palestinian peace". They are seeking an end to Israeli settlement construction and also want the U.S.to support the creation of the Palestine state.

"I believe (Trump's) leverage has declined considerably, at least from the point-of-view of getting major concessions or a commitment to a major programme toward two states from the leaders, so that's why I think the shift should come to the more practical on-the-ground steps", he said.

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.