Netanyahu meets Kushner and Greenblatt

Prime Minister hosts Trump's advisers for a discussion that dealt mainly with the U.S. peace plan.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

Netanyahu with Greenblatt, Kushner, Friedman and Dermer
Netanyahu with Greenblatt, Kushner, Friedman and Dermer
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Friday in Jerusalem for four hours with U.S. President Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer also participated in the meeting.

Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to President Trump for his support of Israel. “The teams discussed advancing the diplomatic process, developments in the region and the security and humanitarian situations in Gaza,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

A statement from the White House said Netanyahu, Kushner and Greenblatt “discussed the means by which the humanitarian situation in Gaza can be alleviated, while maintaining Israel's security. They further discussed the continued commitment of the Trump Administration and Israel to advance peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

Arutz Sheva learned that the meeting took place in a very good atmosphere and one of the main issues discussed was the American plan being formulated to renew talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and particularly how to bring the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the negotiating table.

Netanyahu heard from his guests that he may have to agree to one significant gesture to the Palestinians if they return to the negotiating table and also agree to an American gesture which some believe will be the opening of an official consulate in eastern Jerusalem.

Greenblatt and Kushner are currently visiting the region as the Trump administration prepares to present its peace proposal for Israel and the PA.

The two, who have already met Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, will also visit Israel, Egypt and Qatar but are not slated to not visit Ramallah or meet any PA officials.

PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has refused to consider the Trump administration an honest broker for peace negotiations with Israel since Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December.

PA officials have repeatedly rejected the Trump administration’s peace proposal, claiming it has been coordinated with Israel.

Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh last week said that Greenblatt and Kushner are promoting a "meaningless plan" and "will achieve nothing.”

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