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Netanyahu meets Trump envoy Greenblatt over peace push

US adviser also sits with Palestinian officials to discuss ‘potential next steps’ in renewing peace talks; Kushner due Wednesday

Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, left, meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, June 20, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, left, meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, June 20, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday met with US peace envoy Jason Greenblatt in Jerusalem to discuss efforts to revive the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Greenblatt arrived in Jerusalem on Monday for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials in an effort to advance US President Donald Trump’s plan to resume peace talks.

Readouts on the meeting between Greenblatt and Netanyahu were not immediately released by the Prime Minister’s Office or the White House.

Earlier on Tuesday, Greenblatt met with Palestinian officials as well as Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi and the prime minister’s negotiator Yitzhak Molcho.

On Wednesday, he will be joined by top Trump adviser, Jared Kushner.

Kushner, who is also Trump’s son-in-law, will meet with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss “their priorities and potential next steps,” a senior White House official told The Times of Israel earlier this week.

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Kushner and Greenblatt have been tasked by Trump with relaunching peace negotiations, which the administration has said is a major priority. Trump, for his part, has often referred to Israeli-Palestinian peace as the “ultimate deal.”

Since Trump took office and made clear his intention to push for an accord, Republicans on Capitol Hill — and some Democrats, too — have been pressing him to take a hard stance on the Palestinian Authority’s practice of paying stipends to Palestinian terrorists and their families.

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