President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to jump-start the long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Kushner is also set to meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
President Trump has tasked Kushner with the lofty goal of laying the groundwork for what he calls the “ultimate deal.”
Kushner was accompanied by US Ambassador to Israel David Friendman and Trump’s lead international negotiator, Jason Greenblatt.
During their meeting, Netanyahu commented that “this is an opportunity to pursue our common goals of security, prosperity and peace,” according to a tweet posted by a spokesperson for the prime minister.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting now with Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt & US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. pic.twitter.com/t1LI0g0Meg
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) June 21, 2017
“I look forward to working with you to achieve these common goals. Please send our warmest regards to President Trump,” Netanyahu added.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman downplayed the Kushner’s visit.
“There’s nothing [going on] behind the scenes, things are simple and transparent. Trump’s representatives are still in the learning stages…They want to understand what the parties are proposing, what the basic interests are, what the basic position is for both Israel and the Palestinians. We are open to dialogue with the Americans. The Palestinian issue is not a new issue on the Israeli government’s agenda,” Lieberman told Israel Radio.