White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will meet with the leaders of Israel and Palestine this week as part of an ongoing effort to reach peace in the region.
Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, his lead global negotiator, will meet with leaders from both sides after accompanying Trump on his visit to the region last month.
Unnamed White House officials cited by several news sources reiterated that an agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is a priority for the Trump administration. Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said.
"I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, " Trump said when he hosted Abbas. He also said that Netanyahu was "working very hard at it [peace]".
Kusher and his wife, Trump's daughter Ivanka, accompanied the president on his recent visit to Israel and the West Bank.(ANSAmed).
At an event for donors and Republican supporters the night before the inauguration, Trump addressed Kushner in his remarks and said, "If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can". To build on that trip, Kushner and Greenblatt will return to Jerusalem and Ramallah for meetings to discuss priorities and potential next steps with Netanyahu and his senior advisers as well as Abbas and his senior advisers, the official said.
It serves as a follow-up to the president's visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem in May, when he called on Israelis and Palestinians to pursue a peace deal.
Jared Kushner is traveling to the Middle East this week to work toward a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. But there is a growing feeling on both sides that the listening tour will soon end, and that Trump and his aides will begin to expect big results quickly: "At some point, [Trump] is going to become disinterested", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers last week.