US Diplomatic Team in Mideast Re-Establishing Ties With Allies

Brandon Parsons
August 25, 2017

Donald Trump's team must commit to a two-state solution and oppose Israeli settlement construction before the U.S. president's peace push can move forward, Palestinian officials said Wednesday.

In a recent speech at a rally in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu attacked the Oslo Accords, the interim Israeli-Palestinian agreement meant to facilitate a solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The trio, which is looking to make inroads on a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will arrive in Israel on Wednesday night.

DAVID MAKOVSKY: Maybe it should go like this - every step Israel takes towards the Palestinians, you Sunni states take towards Israel. Yet the Trump administration, after seven months of efforts on the Israeli-Palestinian front, still hasn't explicitly expressed any support for this solution in particular, one that the previous three American administrations were all committed to.

Ahmed Majdalani, a senior Palestinian Liberation Organisation official who is close to Abbas, told AFP on Thursday that one option if no progress is reached would be to dissolve the Palestinian Authority - a threat that has been made in the past.

Kushner embarks on his mission at a time when Gulf nations are embroiled in an unprecedented spat and Palestinians are voicing doubts about the White House's ability to broker a deal amid its own turmoil, capped by the recent ousting of chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

ESTRIN: Right. I don't think they have very high expectations.

But the Trump administration has refused to declare that as the goal of a peace process, eroding the willingness of Abbas to follow the White House's lead. But he has since given few details of his vision for peace, managing to frustrate both sides.

Abbas also faces internal political problems, as his Fatah party struggles with Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza, for control and power in the Palestinian political sphere. The presidents will discuss the Temple Mount crisis in Jerusalem as well as the peace settlement in Palestine, the news outlet reported, citing Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. Specifically, they are seeking a halt to Israeli settlement construction on occupied lands, and an American commitment to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state as part of a peace deal with Israel.

"I don't see him in a position to be forward-leaning and creative and particularly interested in the details of peacemaking, especially given the long odds based on the circumstances of the other two leaders", Shapiro said of Trump.

The son-in-law of the USA president is on a seven-country tour of Middle East countries to hold discussions with officials in order to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, which has broken down in 2014. And if Trump pressures both leaders to come to the negotiating table, they may find it hard to refuse.

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