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28 August 2017, 01:15 | Katrina Lee
Le président des Etats Unis Donald Trump et le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu le 23 mai 2017 à JérusalemAFP
"We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with these good efforts".
"President Abbas reaffirmed Palestinian positions, especially the principle of the two-state solution within the 1967 borders and the cessation of all settlement activities, stressing the relevant resolutions of worldwide legitimacy, the signed understandings, the road map plan and the Arab peace initiative", Abu Rudeina said. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, along with peace envoy Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell, met with Abbas on August 24 as part of a trip to the region aimed at looking at trying to renew peace negotiations.
The U.S. team is in the Middle East to find a way to kick-start the peace process, which Trump has described as the "ultimate deal". Kushner heard out the Palestinian leader's demands and postponed any responses for the next meeting they have.
For weeks Palestinian officials have called on the United States to back a two-state solution and ask Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank, which most of the worldwide community considers illegal and an obstacle to the creation of any future Palestinian state.
News about the outcomes of the meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and the USA 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.
Kushner, who is also US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, is quoted explaining to the PA leader that a settlement freeze could lead to a breakdown of the Netanyahu-led government.
"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.
In his remarks carried by the official PA news outlet, Wafa, Kushner did not mention a two-state solution and only offered vague sentiments about peace in the future. They talked to us about incitement.
At which point Trump's son-in-law told Abbas that the United States would not ask Israel to halt settlement construction because such a move would mean the collapse of the Netanyahu government.
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