Jared Kushner Returning to Israel to Revive Peace Talks

Education Minister Naftali Bennett arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister office in Jerusalem

Jared Kushner Returning to Israel to Revive Peace Talks

Jared Kushner [VIDEO] is reportedly scheduled to visit Israel and Ramallah to meet their respective leaders to talk about achieving a long-lasting peace deal between the two Middle Eastern countries.

Their objective, the White House said, was "to continue conversations and hear directly from [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and his senior advisers and [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas and his senior advisers about their priorities and potential next steps". Greenblatt is arriving on Monday, and Kushner on Wednesday.

Kushner, who has an expansive list of responsibilities under Trump, is traveling to the region with Jason Greenblatt, assistant to the President and special representative for worldwide negotiations. Last month, news surfaced that Kushner may have discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Kislyak.

Trump and his close advisers have long held the view that the United States should play only a mediating role in any Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, with the parties themselves determining the subjects for discussion.

This week's meetings will be a chance for Kushner and Greenblatt to hear directly from Netanyahu and Abbas about their priorities and potential next steps, according to a White House official.

Although he acknowledged the fact that this mission will not be easy to deal with, the USA president is confident that his administration will finally reach a deal with Israeli and Palestine before his term ends.

"Excited to be traveling back to Israel and the Pal".

President Trump has placed Kushner at the center of his efforts to secure a Middle East peace deal.

In response the Israelis said that "maintaining embassies outside the capital drives peace further away by helping keep alive the Palestinian fantasy that the Jewish people and the Jewish state have no connection to Jerusalem".

"Forging an historic peace agreement will take time, and to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits", the White House official said.

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