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

Marsha Scott
August 28, 2017

Judging by the statements made after the meeting by both sides, it was had been more successful than their June meeting, which a United States source described as "tense" and "disappointing".

The U.S., however, has described the trip as productive.

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".

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.

President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner led last week's mission, with the delegation also including Jason Greenblatt, envoy for global negotiations, and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. Most significantly for the Palestinians was the failure to obtain economic freedom to develop what is termed "Area C" in the 1993 Oslo Accords - the section of the West Bank under both Israeli administrative and security control - and a commitment from the American interlocutors to establish dates and milestones for the negotiating process it oversees.

But Palestinian leaders note that the White House has not even said clearly whether its focus will be a two-state solution to the conflict, which has been longstanding U.S. policy.

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A day prior to Kushner's meetings with Netanyahu and Abbas, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "We are not going to state what the outcome has to be".

"We have told the Americans that we are committed to the American effort،" Khatib said.

"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", Abbas said at the beginning of the meeting, according to the Palestinian Authority news site Wafa.

Netanyahu said such a deal was "within our reach" and promised to work with the Trump administration "to advance peace, stability and security in our region".

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".

"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake", Khatib said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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