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Israel to let MPs visit flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Israel to let MPs visit flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday met with United States presidential adviser Jared Kushner and told him that Palestinians "highly appreciate the efforts of President Trump, who announced from the outset that he will work on a historic peace deal".

Ahead of the visit, sources close to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) said the Palestinian leader would give the Trump administration 45 days to declare a commitment to the two-state solution, or risk a Palestinian push on the global stage to declare Palestinian statehood.

Israel, meanwhile, has increasingly shifted its sights toward a regional deal with certain Arab countries, rather than one focusing exclusively on the Palestinians, an approach Trump has expressed support for.

The US delegation's visit to the region comes as Palestinian figures have become more vocal in expressing disappointment in Washington's unclear approach to peace efforts so far.

Palestinian leaders, who were concerned about America's inability to act as an impartial mediator in negotiations under Trump, are still waiting for the White House to openly commit to a two-state solution.

Some protesters say that Kushner and the US show are partial to Israel.

"Just when they were due to return to the classroom, Palestinian children are discovering that their schools are being destroyed", said NRC's Country Director for Palestine, Hanibal Abiy Worku.

Gaza city residents
Gaza city residents

'Every time they repeatedly stressed to me how much they believe and are committed to a two-state solution and a halt to construction in the settlements. "It has to be workable to both sides". Indeed, the situation on the ground in the West Bank heartland of the envisioned Palestinian state has deteriorated, according to the left-wing Israeli Peace Now movement, which monitors settlement activity.

"Their answers to these questions will enable us to say if we have a historical chance for a peace process that can end the occupation or these visits are no more than a waste of time", Malki said.

"If we don't hear within a month and a half that the American team has stopped talking and started doing, Abbas intends to mobilize anyone and everyone he can for the UN General Assembly session on the establishment of a Palestinian state, regardless of the Israeli and American reactions", the official told Al-Monitor.

They have also held talks with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Qatari and Jordanian officials. "And that will make any possible concessions to the Palestinians very hard, unless the administration can produce meaningful public Arab outreach toward Israel".

'Since then we didn't hear from them, ' he said.

MS NAUERT: - day I got up here, and that is the importance of Middle East peace for this administration.

The move, White House officials and outside advisers said, underscored the administration's commitment to brokering a Middle East peace deal, even amid recent setbacks in the region.




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