Trump to present plan for reviving peace talks

Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel brief the press in Jerusalem

An official said the talks would "focus on the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, combating extremism, the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there".

The report of the planned United States proposal came amid recent signs of disillusionment from Abbas over USA peace efforts.

"There was a feeling that the Americans were offended", the source said, "and that's why Abbas was quick to explain himself and say that he was willing to reach a peace deal".

Kushner, special representative for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security advisor Dina Powell held talks with the PA president in Ramallah on Thursday after meeting with a number of Middle East leaders in the past several days.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold talks in Ankara on August 28 amid calls for the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to end the conflict.

Despite his recent pessimism, Abbas sounded a positive note during his meeting with Kushner. "We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with good efforts".

A USA delegation led by Jared Kushner had a "productive" meeting with the Palestinian Authority on how to begin Middle East peace talks, the State Department said Friday, though some Palestinian officials expressed frustration that the US still has not committed to a two-state solution. "It is a legitimate right and we may make a decision on this issue soon".




Palestinian security chief Majid Faraj told Al-Monitor that Abbas was facing pressure at home to move forward on peace efforts.

"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake،" he opined.

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.

Most notably in a meeting with leftist Israeli lawmakers last week, Abbas noted that he'd met Trump's envoys "about 20 times" but they had failed to convey a commitment to a two-state solution to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to leaked comments.

"The president is very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area", he said.

Netanyahu for his part told Kushner he believed peace was "within our reach".

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