Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, plans to travel to the Middle East this week with national security aide Jason Greenblatt for what is expected to be one of many upcoming visits geared toward pursuing a thus-far elusive peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“It’s important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time,” a Trump administration official told The Wall Street Journal in making the announcement.
“And to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region — and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington, D.C., or other locations as they pursue substantive talks.”
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During this visit, Kushner intends to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to discuss “their priorities and potential next steps” toward pursuing peace, the official added.
As noted by the Washington Examiner, this trip “comes nearly a month after Trump’s first foreign trip, which included stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and parts of Europe,” and during which the president effectively began his role in the peace process by meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas.
The latter meeting fared worse than expected, with the president reportedly chewing out Abbas for his alleged lies.
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