WATCH: Jared Kushner Meets With Israeli PM Netanyahu In Israel To Jump-Start Peace Process

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Kushner meets with Netanyahu (GPO)
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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.

Courtesy PMO

“I look forward to working with you to achieve these common goals. Please send our warmest regards to President Trump,” Netanyahu added.

POTUS visit the Western Wall, accompanied by the Western Wall’s rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitz and Mordechai “Solly” Eliav, Director General of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Jerusalem, May 22, 2017
Photo credit: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

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.

 

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