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Mission impossible? Kushner seeks to revive Mideast talks

21 Juin 2017

His comments come just days before U.S. President Donald Trump's aides Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt are due to hold meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah aimed at re-starting the stalled peace process between Israeli and the Palestinians.

"As I promised, today the work on the ground began to establish the new settlement for the settlers of Amona".

Amona was evacuated by police at the start of February after Israel's Supreme Court ordered that the outpost be dismantled because it was built on private Palestinian land. According to the Jerusalem Post, Palestinian officials have warned the White House not to rush into "direct, indirect, or even proximity talks without a framework for a peace deal with Israel in mind".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter on Monday night to attack Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, accusing him of "poisoning" the minds of young Palestinians.

Construction beginning in the West Bank on the new Israeli settlement Amichai meant for the evacuees of the Amona outpost, June 20, 2017.

The White House said on Sunday that Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, would arrive in Israel on Wednesday. Jason Greenblatt, the White House special representative for global negotiations, will arrive in the region Monday, according to the official.

Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state.

The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with its capital in East Jerusalem, and also claim historical and political links to the land.

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Palestinian sources said that ahead of Kushner's meeting with Abbas, they had been asked to draw up a list of 12 "bullet point" demands they have in any negotiations.

Kushner and Greenblatt are working with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster on the Middle East issue.

But Israel has not built a fully fledged new settlement since the 1990s.

"No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the president's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance", the White House said.

Through U.S. mediators, Israel and Saudi Arabia have discussed a variety of potential actions that would show their intention to develop open diplomatic relations once the conflict with the Palestinians is resolved, Kara said.

Emboldened by Trump's victory, Israel's right-wing government has approved thousands of new homes on existing settlements.

The United States traditionally shields Israel, Washington's long-time ally that receives more than $3 billion in annual US military aid, from council action.

Mission impossible? Kushner seeks to revive Mideast talks