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Kushner stresses Trump's Mideast peace optimism but details scant

25 August 2017

In a meeting with British minister of state for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should recognize Palestine in a statement akin to the Balfour Declaration that led to the creation of Israel.

In a recent speech at a rally in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu attacked the Oslo Accords, the interim Israeli-Palestinian agreement meant to facilitate a solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Her comments came as Palestinians have increasingly complained over the White House's refusal to endorse the two-state solution, breaking with longstanding USA policy and an global consensus.

"We are not going to state what the outcome has to be", Nauert explained.

According to those sources, USA officials are trying to engage the Palestinians into comprehensive understandings, rather than dealing separately with the Palestinian Cause.

The site is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam, and it is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Abbas expressed frustration with the USA on Sunday, saying he has met with the American representatives 20 times since Trump took office in January but still had no clear vision of what type of peace plan they had in mind.

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Trump's domestic troubles, including his response to demonstrations by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, have weakened his ability to demand compromise from Israelis and Palestinians, said Jonathan Rynhold, a researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv. "I think this is a sign of the great alliance between us and the great goals that guide us".

Netanyahu said such a deal is "within our reach", and promised to work with the Trump administration "to advance peace, stability and security in our region".

"Abbas is coming to the end of his reign". So on both sides, there is not even a unified attempt to put on a happy face here, there's just a lot of pessimism.

Kushner was appointed to help broker a deal between Israel and the Palestinians after Trump took office.

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. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is also meeting with the prime minister.

"Looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", he said in February, at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.

Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's son-in-law, was holding separate talks with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, seeking to breathe life into a White House effort that appears to have gotten off to a slow start.

Kushner stresses Trump's Mideast peace optimism but details scant