White House: Report on 'settlements' is false

White House official calls report in Al-Hayat false and adds, 'This is complete nonsense, the words were never said.'

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Mordechai Sones,

Arab demonstration in Ramallah against Kushner's arrival
Arab demonstration in Ramallah against Kushner's arrival
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A senior White House official denied yesterday the report in the Al-Hayat newspaper that President Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner told PA Chairman Abbas that construction in Judea and Samaria would not be frozen because it would lead to the dismantling of Netanyahu's government.

The White House official said it was a false report, adding that "this is complete nonsense, the words were never said."

According to diplomatic sources who spoke to the newspaper, Kushner said that "an end to settlement construction is impossible because it will cause the collapse of the Netanyahu government."

According to the report, the American delegation expressed "openness towards a two-state solution," but refused to "limit the borders of these countries within the 1967 borders."

The US position on borders, the report said, is that the issue should be left to direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kushner stressed, according to the report, that President Trump is very optimistic about the chances of reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and aspires to a better future for both peoples.








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