Trump 'very committed' to Mideast peace - envoy Kushner

Abbas Will Continue with Punitive Measures against Gaza says PA official

On the eve of the visit, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he still does not understand what is the USA strategy regarding this effort that is ongoing.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner arrived in Israel on Wednesday night, along with a senior USA delegation, for meetings with local leaders in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The visit for meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders comes with many analysts expressing little hope that major progress can be made on Israeli-Palestinian peace for now.

Trump himself visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in May. Ahead of the meeting with Abbas, dozens of Palestinians protested in Ramallah against alleged USA bias in favor of Israel. I mean, why are you so loath to say - to commit yourself - to recommit yourself to the two-state solution?

MS NAUERT: We are not going to state what the outcome has to be.

A USA diplomatic source told reporters in Jerusalem on Wednesday night that Trump wanted discussions "to focus on the transition to substantive. peace talks, the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there, and the economic steps that can be taken".

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

Kushner and other United States officials met on Tuesday evening with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

On Wednesday, Palestinian officials said they will not cooperate in any new moves toward peace until the Trump team has committed to the two-state solution and a halt in all Israeli building on post-1967 land.

Mr Trump has described the possibility of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement as "the ultimate deal" but since he has taken office, it has become even more remote.

Committing to the two-state solution would bias Washington in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, a USA official said Wednesday, as a high-level delegation arrived in the region to try and jump start talks amid Palestinian protests over a lack of clarity from the White House, The Times of Israel writes."We are not going to state what the outcome has to be", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Commenting on the visit, former National Security Adviser Maj. He also accompanied Trump to Jerusalem during the president's first trip in May.

"In the intervening months, as the political circumstances of the leaders in the region have changed and frankly deteriorated from the point of view of their flexibility, and as President Trump's own standing has taken a beating because of his domestic controversies, I believe his leverage has diminished considerably".

Since the collapse of US -mediated peace talks three years ago, the sides have grown further apart and have been plagued by repeated rounds of violence, including a war between Israel and Hamas and recurring low-level violence sparked by tensions over a contested Jerusalem site holy to both Jews and Muslims.

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