Trump Tries to Bypass Palestinian Leadership in Peace Push

Lawrence Kim
June 24, 2018

The comments underlined gaping divisions between Washington and the Palestinian leadership that have widened since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December and moved the U.S. Embassy there, overriding decades of U.S. policy.

Palestinian officials, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, accused Mr Kushner of trying to undermine Mr Abbas and what they described as their leader's moderate camp.

The prince will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

He told Palestinian newspaper Al Quds in an interview published on Sunday, that he doubted whether the Palestinian president was willing or able to seal a deal.

"If President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage; if he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly", he said.

"What is required after the end of the U.S. delegation's tours to the region is for the American administration to understand the need to stop pursuing imaginary political alternatives and projects aimed at splitting the Palestinian homeland to prevent the establishment of our Palestinian state", Rudeineh said.

He added: "I believe that in order to reach an agreement, both parties are going to gain more than they're giving, and both sides will feel confident that the life of their people will be better decades from today because of the concessions that they're offering".

Earlier this month Greenblatt - often the target of Erekat's tirades - responded in an op-ed column in The Washington Post, saying it was time the Palestinian were served by leaders other than Erekat, who he said has for the last 40 years voiced the same talking points and failed to deliver "anything close" to what the Palestinians want.

"There have been countless mistakes and missed opportunities over the years, and you, the Palestinian people, have paid the price", said Kushner, who is on the trip with USA envoy Jason Greenblatt. "They want an agreement that enables the Palestinian people to live in peace, and to have the same economical opportunities that their people enjoy". "They all insist that al-Aqsa Mosque should continue to be open to all Muslims who wish to pray". Without shedding any additional light on its details, the adviser said that the deal will bring " large investments in the infrastructure from both the private and the public sectors" to improve the Palestinian economy.

Erekat, according to WAFA on Saturday, said that Greenblatt advocated changing the Palestinian political system and overthrowing the regime of Abbas. The interview was headlined, "I am ready to work with President Abbas, if he wishes". "A peace hasn't been achieved during that period".

The visit comes after a flare-up of hostilities between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The situation started before President Trump came into power but we have to try to make improvements. "We have said from the beginning that there is no path to peace without finding a solution for Gaza". "King Abdullah stressed the importance of stepping up efforts to relaunch serious and effective Palestinian-Israeli negotiations based on the two-state solution, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on Palestinian national soil, with east Jerusalem as its capital".

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