Kushner meeting with Abbas was tense and unsuccessful
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said that President Mahmoud Abbas’s meeting with senior White House advisor Jared Kushner and US Presidential envoy Jason Greenblatt in Ramallah discussed all final status issues, including the issues of the refugees and the prisoners.
Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of worldwide diplomacy and peace negotiations, arrived in Israel early on Wednesday and will spend barely 20 hours on the ground – he departs shortly after midnight.
Kusher, a 36-year-old former real-estate developer, arrived a day after the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu announced work had begun on the first new Israeli settlement in 25 years in the occupied Palestinian Territories, being built to house evicted Jewish residents of the illegal outpost of Amona.
Efforts by the previous U.S. administration of Barack Obama, led by then-Secretary of State John Kerry, to negotiate between Israel and Palestine resulted in a total breakdown of talks between both sides.
Senior Palestinian officials said the PA leadership was “greatly disappointed” by their meeting with the USA envoys, Ha’aretz reported.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also took part at the meeting with Netanyahu.
Kushner is now in Israel and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, June 21, in an apparent effort to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Sitting down with Netanyahu on Wednesday before he met with Abbas, Kushner and other United States officials discussed “potential next steps” to make progress on Trump’s goal of “a genuine and lasting peace” between Israelis and Palestinians, the White House said.
While both Netanyahu and Abbas say they’re eager to revive talks under the new administration, any conciliatory tone evident during Trump’s visit has evaporated. He even slept in Kushner’s bedroom for the evening.
“This is the way Netanyahu is meeting Trump’s envoys”, said Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian official.
Thousands attended Hadas Malka’s funeral on Saturday night.
Kushner also visited Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian National Authority.
A meeting between Trump and Abbas in Bethlehem in May was also reportedly tense, with the USA leader angrily berating his counterpart over allegations of incitement. Some 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during the same period, a lot of them identified as attackers by Israel.