Report: Greenblatt could visit the region soon

Officials say the United States is stepping up Israel-PA negotiations.

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Jason Greenblatt meets Binyamin Netanyahu
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The United States is stepping up its negotiations with Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), Haaretz reported on Wednesday, citing a senior Israeli official.

The Israeli official said that Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy on the peace process, will come to the region soon to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

The visit may take place next week or right after Ramadan ends June 24, according to the Israeli official. A senior American official confirmed that Greenblatt is trying to schedule a visit but that a final date has yet to be finalized.

Israeli and PPA sources said that the Americans would like Netanyahu and Abbas to present their stances on the core issues up for negotiations so they can map the differences and decide whether, and if so how, to draft a document that would delineate the principles along which the negotiations would be renewed.

"The Americans have ideas and drafts for principles for the renewing of the negotiations," an Israeli source told Haaretz. "The White House made preparations and held consultations with a number of people in order in order to map the positions of the sides and the talks with Netanyahu and Abbas are a part of this process."

A senior PA official said that Abbas and his advisors view positively the administration's efforts to deal with the side's positions on the core issues and not just on the current issues regarding the state on the ground.

The official added that the Palestinian Arab side is still not considering the consultations with Greenblatt next week as the beginning of a new round of negotiations, but rather they view it as a stage in which the Trump administration is determining how it means to renew the talks.

Since taking office, Trump has accelerated his efforts to achieve a peace agreement between Israel and the PA.

A recent Israeli television report said that Trump wants to resume peace talks as soon as possible, and is interested in first narrowing the gaps between the sides before beginning talks on issues of substance.

A report last week indicated that a three-way meeting between Trump, Netanyahu and Abbas could take place within a month with the goal of ending the deadlock between the sides.