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White House Denies Kushner Said Settlement Freeze Could Bring Down Netanyahu

White House Denies Kushner Said Settlement Freeze Could Bring Down Netanyahu

According to Al-Hayat, a USA delegation headed by Kushner told Abbas this week that "stopping settlement construction is impossible because it will cause the collapse of the Netanyahu government".

"He remains optimistic that progress toward a deal can be achieved".

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner (L) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on August 24, 2017. They talked to us about incitement.

The daily Haaretz says an unnamed "senior official" in the administration called the report "nonsense".

"But given the very poor prospects of a significant political breakthrough, I'd be surprised it if warrants a major investment by the president".

For weeks Palestinian officials have called on the United States to back a two-state solution and ask Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank, which most of the global community considers illegal and an obstacle to the creation of any future Palestinian state.

However, the White House is yet to lay out a framework for negotiations following multiple meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.




The two-state solution envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and has been the focus of worldwide diplomacy for years.

Signalling their frustration, some Palestinian leaders have spoken of taking a harder line in recent days.

Jared Kushner, White House Advisor to President Trump, recently visited the Middle East to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

An 8-year-old Palestinian girl was killed on Saturday after being struck by an Israeli vehicle in the Nablus district of the nerthern occupied West Bank, according to Israeli sources.

More so, Abbas said that Israeli transgressions must come to an end. "We aren't deluding ourselves; there can be no advancement in the peace process with the right-wing Israeli government under the leadership of Netanyahu".

Shapiro, now a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies think-tank in Tel Aviv, said the focus should instead be on short-term goals such as improving the Palestinian economy in order to keep the possibility of a two-state solution alive.

Abbas on the other hand wanted Kushner and his peace delegation, which includes Dina Powell and Jason Greenblatt, to commit to 1967 borders for a two-state solution.

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