Trump Envoys Meet Netanyahu, Part of Mideast Tour

Published June 23rd, 2018 - 07:26 GMT
US President Donald Trump's special envoy Jason Greenblatt and Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu. (Screengrab)
US President Donald Trump's special envoy Jason Greenblatt and Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu. (Screengrab)

The Middle East envoys of US President Donald Trump held talks in Jerusalem on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

The White House issued a statement after Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner along with Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman met with Netanyahu.

"They discussed the means by which the humanitarian situation in Gaza can be alleviated, while maintaining Israel's security. They further discussed the continued commitment of the Trump Administration and Israel to advance peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians," it said.

The statement gave no additional details.

Kushner and Greenblatt’s visit is part of a regional tour that has taken them to Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where the Arab leaders have said progress to resolve the conflict should be based on the two-state solution.

It also comes following a flare-up of hostilities between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that saw Israel pound Hamas targets in response to a barrage of rockets and mortar shells.

A statement from Netanyahu's office said they "discussed advancing the diplomatic process, developments in the region and the security and humanitarian situations in Gaza".

It did not elaborate, but added that at the meeting Netanyahu "expressed his gratitude for President Trump's support of Israel".

No talks with the Palestinians are scheduled, though the Americans have left the door open to meeting with them.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2014.

Trump's controversial December decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital -- and the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May -- has made the resumption of peace efforts unlikely.

The Palestinians want Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, but Israel considers the entire city to be its eternal and indivisible capital.

The Palestinian Authority said Saturday that US plans to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are "doomed to fail".

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