Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Jared Kushner Returning to Israel to Revive Peace Talks


President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is joining President Trump's attorney Jason Greenblatt on yet another visit to the Middle East this week, to help push along the much desired peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a White House official told the Wall Street Journal Sunday. Greenblatt will arrive in the region on Monday and Kushner on Wednesday.

Kushner will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu in Jerusalem and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah as a Trump envoy, along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to the President and special representative for worldwide negotiations, the official told The Washington Post on Sunday night.

Kushner and Greenblatt have been tasked by Trump with relaunching the peace process and have indicated that the president would advance quickly on the matter.

"Our strategic and sole option is to achieve the two-state solution, the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital to live side by side in peace, safety and stability together with the state of Israel along 1967 borders", he said.

Before this, the two gentlemen have accompanied the US president during his visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem last May.

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Sources suggested the prospect of a deal between the two nations is merely the White House attempting to show immediate positive results from the president's recent trips to Saudi Arabia and Israel. To build on that trip, Kushner and Greenblatt will return to Jerusalem and Ramallah for meetings to discuss priorities and potential next steps with Netanyahu and his senior advisers as well as Abbas and his senior advisers, the official said.

In April, Kushner traveled to Iraq aboard a military aircraft, as part of his broad portfolio of foreign affairs in the Trump presidency.

Kushner, an Orthodox Jews, is now embroiled in the controversial affair that links between top administration officials and Russian diplomats.

Kushner, too, is reportedly under investigation by Mueller, who is looking into his business dealings with Russian bankers and diplomats.

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