Trump to send delegation to Middle East to “enhance the chances for peace”

Kushner, Greenblatt & Powell to visit region; Meetings to be held with officials from Israel, PA, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Egypt & Jordan; PA: Washington is marching to Israel’s drum and accepting every mistake it makes, while dismissing the Palestinians.

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President Trump announced he is sending senior officials to the Middle East to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Special Advisor to President Trump Jared Kushner will visit the region alongside Special Representative for Foreign Affairs Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser, Dina Powell.

The Trump Administration released the statement on Friday “To enhance the chances for peace, all parties need to engage in creating an environment conducive to peacemaking while affording the negotiators and facilitators the time and space they need to reach a deal.”

The officials will reportedly visit with officials in Israel, the PA, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan.

Their visit comes after the Palestinian Authority claimed it had lost confidence in the Trump Administration, a senior official reporting to Israeli media, “Washington is marching to Israel’s drum and accepting every mistake it makes, while dismissing the Palestinians.”

The official claimed that Israel is receiving “full backing” from the United States, but that it continues “to exclude the Palestinian Authority from talks with Jordan and Egypt,” claiming that it “gives us reason for concern about a possible regional plan that would come at the expense of the Palestinian issue.”

The official warned that the PA would “continue the diplomatic intifada, we will isolate Israel diplomatically, and use every method that international law allows against it” referring to the Palestinians ongoing efforts against the State of Israel and the United Nations and international organizations.

Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed Trump’s delegation, stating on Sunday during his weekly cabinet meeting “Trump will soon be sending Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt for talks in the region, and of course Jerusalem, in an effort to jump-start a diplomatic process…We of course will welcome them as always.”

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