Trump envoy and PM Netanyahu discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt met in Jerusalem and discussed advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. During the meeting, Greenblatt pledged to aid both sides in reaching an agreement through direct negotiations while Netanyahu committed to enabling the development of the Palestinian economy.
Netanyahu and Greenblatt during their meeting Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met yesterday evening (Monday) with US President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. During their meeting, which lasted for over five hours, the two discussed options towards a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and settlement building.

According to a statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, Netanyahu and Greenblatt re-established Israel and the US’s joint dedication in promoting a true and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians that strengthens stability within the Middle East and Israel’s security.

Netanyahu told Greenblatt that he believes that under the Trump administration, it is possible to advance peace between Israel and its neighbors, including the Palestinians. He also stated that he hopes to work closely with Trump in order to actualize this goal. Greenblatt pledged to aid both sides in reaching an agreement through direct negotiations.

A commitment to freezing or legitimizing settlement construction was not brought up however, the two expressed “the hope of working out an approach that is consistent with the goal of advancing peace and security.” Greenblatt also emphasized during the meeting that Trump feels that allowing for the development of the Palestinian economy and improving Palestinians’ quality of life is important. In response, Netanyahu confirmed his commitment to the idea and stated that he sees this as a means of reinforcing the possibility for peace.

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