DEVELOPING: Jared Kushner to Visit Israel on Wednesday to Try Jump-Start Peace With Abbas

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(L-R) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn leave notes at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017. Reuters

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, will visit Israel on Wednesday together with special envoy Jason Greenblatt in an effort to jump-start the peace process and set some guidelines and ground rules. Kushner was one of the key architects of President Trump’s trip to Israel and PA authority areas, of which the White House hailed as a successis expected to meet with both PM Benjamin Netanyahu and PA Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas.

“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,” Said a senior White House official.

US President Donald Trump, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after giving final remarks at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem before Trump’s departure, May 23, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

“Even while working behind the scenes to advance direct, bilateral negotiations between the parties we will continue to communicate with the relevant constituencies throughout the region, to remind all that peace is possible and to demonstrate the many positive benefits that would arise from a successful negotiations.” The official continued.

“President Trump has made it clear that working toward achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him.He strongly believes that peace is possible.” the White House official concluded.

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