Abbas Presses for Two-State Solution, Kushner Provides No Clarity

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"We know that things are hard and complicated، but there is nothing impossible with good efforts،" he added. "It was agreed to continue the dialogue aimed at reaching a comprehensive and historic peace deal".

When asked if the Palestinians still place hope on the efforts of the administration and the delegates' visits to the region, Abbas' deputy answered, "You could say that we don't have any more delusions regarding the fact that their (the Americans') policies will lead to some sort of result". Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, along with peace envoy Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell, met with Abbas on August 24 as part of a trip to the region aimed at looking at trying to renew peace negotiations.

The traveling delegation met with leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia early this week before heading to Israel on Wednesday. Also, the team will examine economic steps ahead of a potential peace deal.

But the USA delegation refrained from committing to a two-state solution - the primary focus of peace efforts for decades.

"Without a clear American commitment to the two-state solution and stopping settlements and ending the occupation، we don't expect much from this administration،" he added.

"If the USA team doesn't bring answers to our questions this time, we are going to look into our options because the status quo is not working for our interests", Ahmad Majdalani, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told The Associated Press.

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"We have told the Americans that we are committed to the American effort،" Khatib said.

"While Netanyahu keeps putting up obstacles to avoid getting to the negotiating table for fear that his government will collapse, Abbas wants to move forward because he is under growing domestic pressure", he said.

Kushner met with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday، who said he highly appreciated Trump's peace efforts.

Abbas on the other hand wanted Kushner and his peace delegation, which includes Dina Powell and Jason Greenblatt, to commit to 1967 borders for a two-state solution.

US officials have said that they have not ruled out a two-state solution but that it is up to the two sides, not them, to agree on a way forward.

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