Trump Mideast Peace Team Tackles the Issues in Jerusalem and Ramallah

Britain’s new Middle East minister visits Israel & Palestine… but no mention of 2014 Gaza War

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U.S. President Donald Trump is still pushing for the breakthrough he hopes will ultimately clinch an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, but one side of the equation is fast losing hope.

"The Israeli government definitely feels it has a freer hand with Trump", said Anat Ben-Nun, a Peace Now staffer.

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

"Balfour became famous for his promise ... to establish" Israel on the land of Palestine, Maliki said, adding, "I call for the current British foreign secretary to be famous for giving the Palestinians a promise called the "Johnson declaration" that recognizes a Palestinian state".

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The report of a Palestinian ultimatum, published Tuesday on the al-Monitor news website, followed Abbas' complaints on Sunday to a delegation of left-wing Israeli MKs that the Trump administration is "in chaos" and has been unresponsive to Palestinian demands vis-a-vis Israel, especially the demand that Washington force Israel back to the negotiating table. Such a vision has always been the global consensus on what the future of the region should be: an Israeli state next to a Palestinian state.

Abbas expressed frustration with the United States on Sunday, saying he has met with the American representatives 20 times since Trump took office in January but still had no clear vision of what type of peace plan they had in mind.

ESTRIN: Well, the White House hasn't really said what the Arab leaders said in those meetings. "I think that all of them are within our reach".

Kushner told Netanyahu that Trump is "very committed" to help broker a peace deal and thanked the prime minister for working with the White House toward that goal.

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ESTRIN: Across the board, - former US officials and peacemakers are saying the ultimate deal for peace, as Trump has said, they don't see it.

"Abbas is coming to the end of his reign". It has to be workable to both sides. "Since the Trump administration came to power, we've seen the advancement of thousands of housing units through plans and tenders".

The declaration by America's Middle East peace envoy Jared Kushner was bold, heralding a fresh diplomatic foray into the quagmire of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Trump also faces a range of crises in addition to controversies at home that may make it hard for him to focus on the complexities of a major Israeli-Palestinian peace push.

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met with the Saudi crown prince and Qatar's emir, kicking off a regional trip to explore the possibility of re-energizing Israel-Palestinian peace efforts that stalled more than three years ago. And Netanyahu did have some polite remarks at the start of that meeting. "They all come in thinking they'll be the ones to solve this, and then they find out how hard it really is".

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