Abbas Presses for Two-State Solution, Kushner Provides No Clarity

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu foreground left during a meeting

"Both sides agreed to continue with the US-led conversations as the best way to reach a comprehensive peace deal". "We know that things are hard and complicated، but there is nothing impossible with good efforts،" he added.

Kushner, envoy Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

Aloul, considered one of the candidates to succeed Abbas as the head of Fatah, said in an interview with Saudi news site Elaph regarding the visit of an American delegation last week in Israel that, "These visits haven't led to any results".

The U.S., however, has described the trip as productive. Kushner heard out the Palestinian leader's demands and postponed any responses for the next meeting they have.

"Without a clear American commitment to the two-state solution and stopping settlements and ending the occupation، we don't expect much from this administration،" he added. Also, the team will examine economic steps ahead of a potential peace deal.




According to the al-Hayat report, Abbas demanded of the visiting U.S. delegation during their meeting last week that the Administration commit officially to the two-state solution along the 1967 lines-meaning the removal of all Israeli settlements from Judea and Samaria, and insisted on a settlement freeze for the duration of the coming peace talks. The reason being the Palestinian Authority informed the United States that he was not welcomed in Ramallah. "There hasn't been any".

Prior to meeting with Abbas, the American delegation met with Netanyahu last Thursday afternoon, with Kushner stating at the gathering that the US-Israel relationship "is stronger than ever. So we leave it up to them to be able to work that through".

He said it was an option under consideration because "the American administration has not presented any initiative until now, while the Israelis continue with their settlement activities and refuse to abide by obligations they signed up to". Abbas, 82, is also fighting for his political survival as he reaches the end of his political tenure and is keen to carve out a legacy.

"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.

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