Netanyahu Meets With Trump's Negotiations Envoy, Emphasizes Commitment to Peace

Trevor Jackson
March 15, 2017

Jason Greenblatt, who went from being President Trump's longtime lawyer to leading his effort to bring a lasting peace to Israel, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank on Tuesday, one day after Greenblatt met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks that touched on Israeli settlement construction.

Abbas also said, according to the statement, that he looks for discussing the possibilities of peace making when he meets with President Trump in the White House soon, expressing his commitment to ban incitement.

Greenblatt and Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the US, were appointed by their leaders last month to reach an understanding between the two countries on settlement construction.

Abbas said in the statement that he told Greenblatt "he believes that under President Trump's leadership a historic peace deal is possible, and that it will enhance security throughout the region".

Palestinian officials say Trump is poised to offer a "historic" deal to bring Abbas back to the negotiating table, perhaps during a USA visit that could come as early as next month.

Settlement construction was also discussed, but no details have come out on an expected agreement to allow some building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Speaking Tuesday night, Netanyahu said the two administrations were trying to reach an understanding on the issue.

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In Ramallah, the de facto headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, feelings toward Trump and his intentions have been positive since the Friday phone call between the two presidents.

On Monday, Greenblatt met with Netanyahu for five hours at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem.

Trump campaigned on promises that he would depart from decades of American policy in the region, and he signaled a much closer relationship with Israel than former President Barack Obama.

"Trump has asked Netanyahu to curb settlement building".

While Trump has indicated he would not impose USA dictates on Israel, it's uncertain if he plans to carry through on that.

Local media reported that Trump has invited the Palestinian leader to Washington, a trip he is likely to undertake sometime next month. "We have an opportunity now to regain a level of intimacy and trust that has been lost, that is vital for moving ahead with the peace process".

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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