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Monday, June 19, 2017

Jared Kushner plans Israel trip, meeting with Netanyahu

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner will be heading to Israel later this week to lay the groundwork for future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a White House official confirmed to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post Sunday night.
 
According to the official, Kushner will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the Israeli capital, Jerusalem. Kushner is also slated to meet with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
 
Special White House envoy Jason Greenblatt will join Kushner for the meetings, which come a month after President Trump’s trip to Israel and his own meetings with both Netanyahu and Abbas.
 
Kushner and Greenblatt are expected to arrive in Israel on Wednesday.
 
President Trump has pledged to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table, after a three-year hiatus in peace talks.
 
Kushner and Greenblatt will “continue conversations” with Netanyahu and Abbas, the White House official said, saying that this week’s visit was likely to be the first of many by the Greenblatt and Kushner.
 
“It is important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington, D.C., or other locations as they pursue substantive talks,” the White House official said.