A senior PA official said Abbas refuses to meet the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman because of his well documented support for the settlements, for which Kushner and Greenblatt rebuked the Chairman during their meeting.
Despite repeated requests by the settlers, Netanyahu refused to promise that tenders would be released in the next construction beat in September, because of his agreement with the Trump Administration. New construction plans are approved four times a year.
'In light of sizeable gaps, lack of trust, and an absence of readiness for serious compromises from the Palestinian side, and the fact the Palestinian Authority is unable to provide an effective response to terror threats, it is difficult for me to envision the possibility of reaching a political agreement in the coming years.'
Mahmoud Abbas will never take any deal, no matter how sweet, because "there is no way he will allow himself to go down in history as the person who gave up on the 'right' of return."
Bennett suggested that 'the greatest threat, at a practical level, is Hezbollah,' recalling how, "from a relatively small group in the 1990s, they grew into a monster.
"The US officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking."
Jared Kushner first went to pay his respects to the parents of murdered Border Guard Policewoman Hadas Malka, z'l, before heading to the Prime Minister's Office for the meeting.
Dan Shapiro, Obama's Ambassador to Israel, is one of the few voices that are cheering on the Kushner-Greenblatt visit this week.
These interventions take place mainly in the district committee, where there are not many politicians, and whose meetings are conducted behind closed doors, the freezing orders are usually passed quietly, and in most cases the public does not even hear about it.
Kushner, too, is reportedly under investigation by Mueller, who is looking into his business dealings with Russian bankers and diplomats.
"It is important to make clear, before the start of a diplomatic process, that Jerusalem will never be divided under any circumstance."
In 2014, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon rejected the same plan outright.
Greenblatt told the leadership of the OU the President sees the peace effort as his top priority, and as far as he is concerned, it is part of his overall commitment to help Israel and make it stronger and more secure.
12 years after the evacuation of settlements: 'The benefit of disengagement in Judea and Samaria: zero.'
In the actual story, they revealed the source of this frightening revelation – MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint Arab List), who spoke to Army Radio Thursday night.
It is to expected in view of 150 years of Zionist settlement in Israel that Arab murderers would take pride in their bloody handiwork. It's harder to accept the clipped, ready-to-serve, 4-line paragraph the AP story presents as context.
Palestinian Authority Prisoners' Affairs Commissioner Essa Qaraka said this week that payments to convicted terrorists and their families will certainly continue.
One might think that Arab Gulf states had never offered to improve ties with Israel at all, given this behavior.
“Palestinians themselves don't even have civil rights under Palestinian rule. What do you expect would happen to Jews?"
The Americans inserted the clause into the document, but it was eventually removed under pressure from Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) and senior Likud officials.
'We have not made the settlements an up-front issue this time,' Abbas’s senior adviser Mohammad Mustafa said.
The largest US air base in the Middle East, where all the US-led strikes against ISIS originate, with 8,000 US military personnel, is in Qatar.
"Ending the occupation that began in 1967 and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace..."
Jews and Arabs agree: everyone's willing to talk, no one's willing to take action, and a peace deal's not likely in the next two years.
Couldn't happen to a nicer gal? Goes without saying, except that the irony of her lament is escaping the talented but, alas, humorless Nini.