Fatah Official: Jared Kushner's Mideast Peace Mission Is a 'Delusion'

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold talks in Ankara on August 28 amid calls for the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to end the conflict.

Palestinian officials believe that US President Donald Trump will lay out a plan in the coming months on reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal as part of his administration's efforts to revive peace talks between the sides, according to a Sunday report.

Prior to meeting with Abbas last week, Kushner met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, where he told the premier that Trump is "very committed" to help broker a peace deal.

In addition to Kushner and Abbas, the Ramallah meeting was attended by special envoy for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Dr. Saeb Erekat, Presidential Advisor for Economic Affairs Mohammed Mustafa, head of the General Intelligence Service Maj.

They have also held talks with Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati, Qatari and Jordanian officials.

A USA delegation led by Jared Kushner had a "productive" meeting with the Palestinian Authority on how to begin Middle East peace talks, the State Department said Friday, though some Palestinian officials expressed frustration that the US still has not committed to a two-state solution.

All of which suggest that the meeting in Ramallah on Thursday was as terse and unproductive as the one in June had been, but both sides - and possibly the Netanyahu government as well - prefer to smear a heap of lipstick on this pig.

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For weeks Palestinian officials have called on the United States to back a two-state solution and ask Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied West Bank, which most of the worldwide community considers illegal and an obstacle to the creation of any future Palestinian state.

Aloul left out that the Palestinians have refused successive offers of a state made by Israel on numerous occasions.

Signalling their frustration, some Palestinian leaders have spoken of taking a harder line in recent days.

An 8-year-old Palestinian girl was killed on Saturday after being struck by an Israeli vehicle in the Nablus district of the nerthern occupied West Bank, according to Israeli sources.

But at the same time, Majdalani said they could also unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood. "We aren't deluding ourselves; there can be no advancement in the peace process with the right-wing Israeli government under the leadership of Netanyahu". "They don't talk about the principle of two countries, they come after having adopted the claims of the Israelis", said Aloul.

He is also facing a graft investigation that limits his room for political manoeuvre, Shapiro noted.

Ramallah- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his administration's commitment to a two-state solution being the sole settlement for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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