Fatah Official: Jared Kushner's Mideast Peace Mission Is a 'Delusion'

28 August, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Ora Austin
  • L-R Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner (L) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on August 24, 2017.

An American diplomatic delegation reportedly informed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas last week that a freeze of Israeli construction in the West Bank would topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

"We know that this delegation is working for peace، and we are working with it to achieve what President Trump has called a peace deal".

"We have clearly emphasized to the Americans the importance of having a public statement that has a commitment to the two-state solution،" Ashraf Khatib، a spokesman for the negotiation affairs department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)، told the Washington Post on Friday.

"But given the very poor prospects of a significant political breakthrough, I'd be surprised it if warrants a major investment by the president".

According to the Al-Hayat report, Abbas also asked in the meeting that the U.S. help the PA obtain economic freedom in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control.

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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Aloul left out that the Palestinians have refused successive offers of a state made by Israel on numerous occasions.

Signalling their frustration, some Palestinian leaders have spoken of taking a harder line in recent days.

Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told PA radio earlier last week the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah hopes the meeting between Abbas and Erdogan will "be a positive factor in ending the division".

When Trump met Netanyahu at the White House in February, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting right-wing Israelis who want to annex most of the West Bank, but raising deep concern among Palestinians.

But at the same time, Majdalani said they could also unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood.

The current administration has broken from the norm accepted by its predecessors, as they have spoken over and over of the two-state solution and the need for Israeli land concessions. It's been many، many decades، as you well know، that the parties have not been able to come to any kind of good agreement and sustainable solution to this.

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