Kushner to visit Middle East in pursuit of peace between Israelis, Palestinians

Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, his lead global negotiator, will meet with leaders from both sides after accompanying Trump on his visit to the region last month. It's likely, the official says, that Kushner will make a number of visits to the region.

Trump's global negotiations representative Jason Greenblatt arrived in the region on Monday, while Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, will fly in on Wednesday. Last month, news surfaced that Kushner may have discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Kislyak.

According to the Times, Palestinians are opposed to the idea, fearing it would normalise ties between Israel and Arab nations before a deal to establish a Palestinian state has been met.

"Instead of working to solve the Israeli housing crisis, the government prioritises a radical minority living beyond the boundaries of the state", it said, according to the Reuters news agency.

Kushner and Greenblatt will have meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah to hear directly from the Israeli and Palestinian leadership "about their priorities and potential next steps", the official said.

It serves as a follow-up to the president's visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem in May, when he called on Israelis and Palestinians to pursue a peace deal.

This move came after Donald Trump emphasized his desire to bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Greenblatt tweeted about his upcoming trip, writing: "Excited to be traveling back to Israel and the Pal. Territories to continue the discussion about the possibility of peace", wrote Greenblatt on Twitter. Jason Greenblatt, Trump's global envoy, will arrive on Monday.

Palestinian Authority officials are cautioning Trump administration officials not to rush into direct, indirect or even "proximity" Middle East peace talks without a framework in mind that will govern where the effort is going, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

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