Palestinians need Trump two-state pledge before peace

The crime scene in Limmared Sweden. Sources in Gaza accuse the Mossad of assassinating Mohammed Tahsin al-Bazam

The crime scene in Limmared Sweden. Sources in Gaza accuse the Mossad of assassinating Mohammed Tahsin al-Bazam

Abbas expressed doubts regarding an upcoming visit to the region by a United States delegation, led by Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner - a former real-estate developer. Neither of the news agencies mentioned the months-old row between Riyadh and Doha, which has defied Kuwaiti and USA mediation efforts.

The two leaders will discuss the recent developments in Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem alongside the peace process in Palestine, Kalin said. An official said the talks would "focus on the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, combating extremism, the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there".

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.

Abbas expressed frustration with the U.S. 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.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry cancelled a Wednesday meeting with the USA delegation.

The president went to Saudi Arabia and Israel during his first post-inauguration trip overseas and has expressed a personal commitment to reaching a deal that has eluded his Republican and Democratic predecessors.

According to the report in the Lebanese daily Al Hayat, which cited unnamed "reliable" sources in the PA, Abbas is waiting for Kushner and Trump's envoy to the region Jason Greenbelt to give him a written response to his conditions for returning to the negotiating table, namely "freezing settlement construction in the West Bank and working towards a two-state solution".

Abbas recently griped that he doesn't understand the Trump administrations policy toward Israel - complaining that the administration won't go public with its support for a two-state solution and a halt to Israeli settlements. I have pleaded with them to say the same thing to Netanyahu, but they refrained.

As a candidate, Trump pledged to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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