US State Department Refuses to Endorse Two-State Solution

US State Department Refuses to Endorse Two-State Solution

US President Donald Trump's Senior Adviser Jared Kushner is in the Middle East for peace talks with a number of regional leaders, media reported citing its sources Tuesday, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

"I would be very surprised if they announce something big, because you don't announce big things when you are in the process of learning", he added.

"In that situation, politically, domestically, and I would say personally, with all the problems that [Netanyahu] has back home, it's nearly impossible to create new plans and new ideas", said Yoaz Hendel, chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies, a conservative Israeli think tank.

"I have met with Trump envoys about 20 times since the beginning of his term as president of the United States", Abbas said in a meeting with the left-wing Meretz Party in Israel, according to a report in Haaretz.

Abbas refuses outright to stop monthly payments to convicted terrorists and their families, praising their "sacrifice" and calling them "shahids" (martyrs) for the resistance.

The pleasantries and public acknowledgment of aligned U.S.

"This new administration has been very disappointing, and Palestinians do not see any hope", said Ghassan Khatib, a former Palestinian Authority cabinet member and a political science lecturer at Bir Zeit University outside Ramallah.

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"If we don't know where we are heading, if we don't know what the end game is, then we are in a desert without a map", said Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior adviser to Abbas. A brutal and corrupt dictator, he is determined that his legacy be that of an embattled "freedom fighter" committed to reversal of the Nakba, his ultimate objective being the restoration of Arab hegemony from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

It set the stage for the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when hundreds of thousands of Palestinian fled or were expelled from their homes by Israel during the 1948 war. Designated a national holiday by the P.A., it is usually accompanied by violent protests and rioting.

Heather Nauert, the State Department's spokesman, repeated on Wednesday that the administration's position remains unchanged.

Since the collapse of US -mediated peace talks three years ago, the sides have grown further apart and have been plagued by repeated rounds of violence, including a war between Israel and Hamas and recurring low-level violence sparked by tensions over a contested Jerusalem site holy to both Jews and Muslims.

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

PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told British Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt, "We convinced the worldwide community that the best way to reach a state is through negotiations". So on both sides, there is not even a unified attempt to put on a happy face here, there's just a lot of pessimism. "That's the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it".

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