Trump's envoy to visit Israel next week

Trump’s Middle East peace negotiator Jason Greenblatt will return to Israel next week for talks related to the peace efforts.

Elad Benari, Canada,

Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt

U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, will return to Israel next week for talks related to the peace efforts, a senior administration official said on Friday, according to Reuters.

The trip is Greenblatt’s first to the region since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Greenblatt will meet with Fernando Gentilini, the European Union’s special representative to the Middle East and stay for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Israel later in the week, the official said.

Greenblatt has been among Trump's aides seeking to restart Israeli-Palestinian Arab negotiations and previously visited the region in mid-October.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced it would boycott Pence’s visit to the region due to its anger over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Pence had been scheduled to meet with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Arab MKs from the Joint List also announced that its MKs will boycott Pence’s speech in the Knesset in protest over President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh said in a statement that the members of his party would boycott Pence’s address “to send a clear message to the U.S. administration and the world that there are citizens here who strongly oppose Trump’s declaration and to clarify that the U.S. has lost its place as the exclusive mediator of negotiations.”

“West Jerusalem will be recognized as Israel’s capital by the whole world as soon as the government of Israel recognizes East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state,” he added.

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