Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently meeting with US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Before the two sat down, Netanyahu said that he believes that peace in the Middle East is achievable.
Kushner and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Channel 2 News
Today (Thursday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and sounded very optimistic about renewing the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. “We have a lot of things to talk about,” Netanyahu said before their meeting. “How to advance peace, stability and security in our region — prosperity too — and I think all of them are within our reach.”
Netanyahu is meeting today with Kushner and the other members of the senior American delegation to the Middle East: Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is also meeting with the prime minister.
Netanyahu and the US officials Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Channel 2 News
“I am happy to see you and the effort you’re leading on behalf of the [US] president with Jason [Greenblatt] and other members of your team,” Netanyahu added. “I think this is a sign of the great alliance between us and the great goals that guide us.”
Kushner replied to Netanyahu by saying: “We are very appreciative of your team and all the efforts they’ve made. The president is very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area. And we really appreciate the commitment of the prime minister and his team to engaging very thoughtfully and respectfully in the way that the president has asked him to do so.”
Watch: Kushner and Netanyahu in Jerusalem, today
“The relationship between Israel and America is stronger than ever and we really thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for his leadership and his partnership,” Kushner added. The White House delegation was sent by Trump in order to advance the renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The delegation has already met with leaders in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia about the matter.
A White House official told Politico that the trip is supposed to “focus on the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.” The official added that Trump believes that “the restoration of calm and the stabilized situation in Jerusalem after the recent crisis on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif has created an opportunity to continue discussions and the pursuit of peace.”
Later today, the senior US officials will head to Ramallah, where they will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Ahead of the meeting, Abbas spoke with Jordanian King Abdullah II over the phone regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, even though Trump commented on the peace process between the two sides on many occasions since his election victory, Abbas is not optimistic about Washington’s ability to renew the negotiations.