Kushner to visit Israel

Trump’s senior advisor reportedly to visit Israel and PA in effort to restart peace talks.

Elad Benari,

Kushner and Netanyahu (archive)
Kushner and Netanyahu (archive)
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner is due to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) later this month, Channel 10 News reported Thursday evening.

The visit will take place as part of the continuing efforts by the Trump administration to renew peace talks, according to the report.

The exact date of the visit has not been finally set yet, but PA and Israeli sources told the channel this is the plan as of now.

Kushner visited the region for one day in June to advance U.S. peace plans. He met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a meeting described by the American side as "positive and fruitful".

He also met in Ramallah with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The White House described the meeting as “productive” and said the sides “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing President Trump's goal of a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that enhances stability in the region.”

Reports of Kushner’s visit come after a closed conversation he conducted was leaked to an American website, and in which he expressed skepticism that a solution could be found for the Israel-PA conflict.

In addition to expressing skepticism toward finding a "unique" solution to the Middle East, Kushner lamented in that conversation that "not a whole lot has been accomplished over the last 40 or 50 years."