Palestinian official rejects future talks with Netanyahu as futile


Therefore, after various meetings among Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, National Security Advisor LTG H.R. McMaster, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the President will soon be sending Mr. Kushner, Mr. Greenblatt and Ms. Powell to the region to continue discussions with regional partners about how best to support the peace effort.

In a statement, it said Trump believes the return of calm to Jerusalem after a period of unrest over a contested holy site has created an opportunity to restart discussions.

According to the official, the trip will include meetings with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The crisis erupted when Israel installed metal detectors at gates to the compound " known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, or Haram al Sharif, and to Jews as the Temple Mount " after Arab gunmen killed two Israeli policemen there in mid-July.

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While Israel welcomed the US' peace efforts, the PA said it was "pessimistic" about the US' ability to reignite the peace process, and threatened to resume unilateral initiatives in the global arena.

Trump directed that the talks focus on a pathway to peace talks, fighting "extremism", easing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and identifying economic steps that can be taken to ensure security and stability, the official said. "And we are waiting now for the American delegation to work together toward peace".

The convening groups alleged that the US unfairly pressures the Palestinians to resolve the conflict with Israel without offering anything in return.

Palestinian organizations have called for a series of protests across the country in rejection of statements by the White House about U.S. President Donald Trump's intention to "mediate" the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.