Greenblatt, Kushner begin push for peace talks

Special Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner pressure Israel and Palestinian Authority to reboot negotiations, make concessions.

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White House special envoy Jason Greenblatt will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu today (Tuesday), laying the groundwork for the Trump administration’s planned Middle East peace summit, expected to be held this September.

On Wednesday, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, will join Greenblatt as he meets with senior Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials in an effort to secure promises to restart negotiations, which reached an impasse three years ago.

Greenblatt is scheduled to travel to Ramallah on Wednesday to meet with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas. During his meetings with Abbas and Netanyahu, Greenblatt is expected to push for pledges from both sides to attend the upcoming peace summit, and to declare their return to the negotiating table during the summit.

President Trump himself visited Israel last month, meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas ahead of his administration’s push for an agreement from the two sides to renew peace talks.

Since Trump’s visit, Israel has offered the PA a series of goodwill gestures, including the transfer of land under Israeli control to the PA for the expansion of cities, including the town of Qalqiliya, near the border with pre-1967 Israel.

At the same time, according to recent news reports in Arab media outlets a number of Arab states have offered to normalize relations with Israel ahead of the planned peace talks between Israel and the PA.