Netanyahu tells cabinet members Trump is pushing forward on peace deal
Jewel SAMAD (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told cabinet members Sunday that US President Donald Trump is planning a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians and that he is very focused on implementing that plan, Haaretz reported.
Netanyahu, who addressed the issue at a weekly cabinet meeting, said that he was impressed with his meeting with Trump in New York last week, at the annual UN General Assembly, and that Trump is adamantly pushing forward with his peace push.
Trump's specially appointed envoy is expected in Israel on Monday to hold meetings aimed at advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, an unnamed White House official told the media on Sunday.
Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt's visit comes on the heels of meetings between Trump and Netanyahu and a separate meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during the UNGA.
Since coming to power Trump has assigned his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and his former lawyer Jason Greenblatt to talk to both Israelis and Palestinians in order to map out a way of reviving on-and-off peace negotiations, which were last dropped in 2014 when ex-Secretary of State John Kerry's relentless shuttle diplomacy failed to bear fruit.
Palestinian officials told Haaretz that they expect a position paper or framework proposal to be tabled within a few weeks, however an unnamed senior White House official refused to put a timeline on the process.
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if the palis don't come to the negotiating table without preconditions everyone should just go home and let the status quo continue until the terrorist Abbas comes to his senses of better yet it's told due to death.