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Palestinians disappointed after 'tense' meeting with Kushner

26 Juin 2017

The sit-down between President Trump's chief Middle East adviser and the 82-year-old Palestinian leader on Wednesday was reportedly "tense".

President Trump will reportedly receive a report about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process following a "tense" meeting between White House senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and leaders about the issue.

A meeting between Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and Jared Kushner did not go as planned, according to reports on Saturday.

However, the Times of Israel reported after the meeting that the new, "watered down" demands requested that the PA stop paying compensation to the families of some 600 Palestinian prisoners serving life sentences and who are responsible for the deaths of Israelis.

Together with Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, Kushner met both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanayhu this week in talks described by United States officials as "productive".

"I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians", Trump said in April.

Abbas was allegedly furious at Kushner for relaying a list of demands from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to translations of London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat.

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On Thursday, senior PA officials told Haaretz that the Kushner and Greenblatt pair "sounded like Netanyahu's advisers and not like fair arbiters".

On Tuesday, Kushner (left) and Americans met with Netanyahu (right). Ties were further strained after Abbas reportedly refused to meet American ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

"This is an opportunity to pursue our common goals of security, prosperity and peace", Netanyahu said as he greeted the trio.

The report claims that the Trump administration was equally upset with Abbas after he failed to denounce the latest stabbing attack in Jerusalem, leaving 23-year-old St. -Sgt. Maj.

In discussion with Greenblatt before Kushner's visit, Palestinian sources said the phrase "two-state solution" had not been used, Reuters reported. Trump will decide if negotiations would still stand a chance, or it would be better for the U.S.to pull out of the peace talks.

This comes after comments Trump made earlier this month that Israel and the Palestinian Authority were "ready to reach peace".

After meeting with Abbas last month, Trump said finding a peace agreement would be easier than expected. "It's something that, I think, is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", the president said.

Palestinians disappointed after 'tense' meeting with Kushner