The two plan to meet with Israeli officials to discuss the situation in Gaza as well as the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.







Jared Kushner and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Jared Kushner and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt will be visiting Israel next weekend, accompanied by son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner.

The two will be visiting Israel during their Middle East trip to Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan for the second time this month. They plan on discussing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza as well as the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Ahead of their trip, Greenblatt and Kushner met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York to discuss “U.S. efforts to promote peace in the Middle East and to meet humanitarian needs in Gaza,” the White House said in a statement. “They also discussed recent actions at the United Nations”.

Last week, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution condemning Israel’s “extensive use of force” against the Palestinians in Gaza. The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized the clear bias against Israel reflected in the “one-sided” resolution.

Nabil Abu Radeina, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority, issued a statement yesterday claiming that Greenblatt and Kushner’s visit to Israel would be “a waste of time and is bound to fail” because it “aims at passing a meaningless plan.” He added that any plan without the approval of the Palestinian people would “further destabilize the region and push the region towards the unknown.”

Kushner and Greenblatt will be meeting with Israeli government officials, but have thus far made no plans to meet with representatives of the Palestinian Authority during their visit.