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Israel gearing up to build in east Jerusalem

Israel gearing up to build in east Jerusalem

A report in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz indicates that despite Washington's positive statement regarding a meeting between USA envoys and Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas this week, there was indeed tension as well as profound disappointment on the part of the Ramallah government.

Ramallah- A meeting held on Thursday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US President's Advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt was "tense and strained", well-informed Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

"Official statement said that:the two sides had a productive meeting and 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".

The Palestinian official also urged Israeli leaders to take actions for peace and security in the region.

Kushner is on his first solo trip to the region in an attempt to restart long-stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Also present at the meeting was David Friedman, the USA ambassador to Israel.

However, Trump's administration has since softened its stance, and the US President said after his meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas in May that they both were "ready to start negotiations", and pledged to support them, without specifying what form that support would take.

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"This is an opportunity to pursue our common goals of security, prosperity and peace", Netanyahu told the Trump aides.

In Israel, Kushner met with the family of an Israeli border policewoman killed by a Palestinian terrorist. There, he met with President Mahmoud Abbas, who's increasingly unpopular among Palestinians.

The Palestinians raised their positions concerning core issues - in hopes that the Israelis would do the same - in an aim to understand the two sides' differences and whether it is truly possible to make progress in the negotiations, a senior Palestinian official said. Deep divisions between the sides remain, clouding the chances of significant breakthroughs.

This month marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Mideast war - a seminal event in which Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

US President Donald Trump's reticent son-in-law Jared Kushner has finally spoken up and is using his newfound voice to try and bring about peace to the Middle East.

He added that the Palestinian president reiterated his call for the two-state solution and for reaching sustainable and comprehensive peace.


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