Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week

Kushner and Greenblatt joined Trump in a landmark visit to the region in May where he met with both the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and his Palestinian counterpart President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Kushner will travel along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to Trump and special representative for worldwide negotiations.

Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally, said Palestinians were skeptical of Kushner and Trump's team generally, as they saw the duo was close only to the Israeli side. According to the White House official, who gave details about the trip on the condition of anonymity, Greenblatt was scheduled to arrive in the Middle East on Monday and Kushner will travel Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"I am personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement, " Trump said in Jerusalem on May 23.

President Trump desperately needs a win somewhere these days, as several news reports have suggested Special Counsel and Former FBI Director Mueller plans to interview key national security officials about Trump's attempts an end the investigation of his original national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over contacts he allegedly had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

In May, Kushner and Greenblatt both accompanied the President on his visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to discuss a peace agreement.

According to CNN, Trump has appointed some of his "trusted advisers" to take the lead in reaching a peace deal with Netanyahu and Abbas.

In an interview with Voice of Palestine Radio, Raafat pointed out that there were no indications from the American administration to oblige Israel to abide by global legitimacy resolutions to resolve this conflict, pointing out that the U.S. administration has not declared its commitment to these resolutions until now.

"I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, " Trump said when he hosted Abbas.

At an event for donors and Republican supporters the night before the inauguration, Trump addressed Kushner in his remarks and said, "If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can". Abbas, on the other hand, has previously expressed his commendation of the US president's determination to reach a peace deal which the previous administrations have failed to achieve.

In 2002, Saudi Arabia proposed allowing for a general recognition of Israel in return for a peace deal with the Palestinians and a withdrawal from the occupied territories.

Kushner and Greenblatt are working with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster on the Middle East issue.

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