No Progress in Latest Round of Talks Between Kushner and PA's Abbas

Lucy Bush
August 28, 2017

The statement issued by the American Consulate in Jerusalem called the talks "productive" and asserted that "Both sides agreed to continue with the US-led conversations as the best way to reach a comprehensive peace deal". "We know that things are hard and complicated، but there is nothing impossible with good efforts،" he added.

"President Abbas reaffirmed Palestinian positions, especially the principle of the two-state solution within the 1967 borders and the cessation of all settlement activities, stressing the relevant resolutions of worldwide legitimacy, the signed understandings, the road map plan and the Arab peace initiative", Abu Rudeina said.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner (L) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on August 24, 2017.

Aloul, considered one of the candidates to succeed Abbas as the head of Fatah, said in an interview with Saudi news site Elaph regarding the visit of an American delegation last week in Israel that, "These visits haven't led to any results".

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But the USA delegation refrained from committing to a two-state solution - the primary focus of peace efforts for decades.

Palestinian leaders have grown frustrated with the White House after initially holding out hope that Trump could bring a fresh approach to peace efforts despite his pledges of staunch support for Israel.

"We highly appreciate President Trump's efforts to strike a historical peace deal، a statement he repeated more than one time during our meetings in Washington، Riyadh and Bethlehem،" Abbas said at the start of his meeting with Kushner، according to the PA's official Wafa news agency.

For weeks Palestinian officials have called on the United States to back a two-state solution and ask Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank, which most of the global community considers illegal and an obstacle to the creation of any future Palestinian state.

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"If the USA team doesn't bring answers to our questions this time, we are going to look into our options because the status quo is not working for our interests", Ahmad Majdalani, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told The Associated Press. "There hasn't been any". "We didn't agree to this at all", said Aloul. They talked to us about incitement.

Netanyahu said such a deal was "within our reach" and promised to work with the Trump administration "to advance peace, stability and security in our region".

More so, Abbas said that Israeli transgressions must come to an end.

"Without a vision it will be negotiations for negotiations sake،" he opined.

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