Obama's Israel Envoy: Trump's Approach on Israeli-Palestinian Issue 'Responsible'

The US reiterated Trump's concerns regarding settlement activity in the context of moving towards a peace agreement.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Wednesday, citing an Israeli source familiar with the talks, that during his visit last week, Greenblatt made it clear that the Trump administration wants Israel to place substantial restrictions on construction in the settlements.

The statement came after an American team lead by US envoy Jason Greenblatt discussed the matter with Israeli officials in Washington after Mr. Greenblatt visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority in recent days.

Nevertheless, the talks in Washington over the past four days were "serious and constructive", the statement added, "and they are ongoing".

A White House statement issued Thursday night at the conclusion of four days of talks between Israeli and U.S. officials in Washington indicated that the USA expects that Israel will be curbing construction of housing in West Bank areas claimed by Palestinians for a future state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief of staff, Yoav Horowitz, and Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, arrived in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of the week to continue the discussions with Greenblatt.

Israel this week reportedly rejected a request by the Trump administration to freeze settlement construction in isolated settlement blocs.

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A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Thursday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The US-Israeli agreement under discussion is expected to be announced with a set of economic and development projects in the Palestinian territories with an emphasis on Gaza, the officials said.

Despite setting a more positive tone toward Israel than his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump urged Netanyahu during a White House visit last month to "hold back on settlements for a little bit".

"The continued incitement to violence against Jews emanating from Hamas extremists and some Palestinian groups is unacceptable and undermines trust and the prospects for peace", he said.

Global experts have said the Six Day War between Arab states and Israel was a "watershed" moment in the Middle East, as it marked the day the Palestinians knew they had to "fend for themselves".

On the one hand, Susser said, there was "the clear-cut pursuit of state interests" while on the other it led to Islamism. He has told both parties that now is the time for negotiations.

The resolution, put forward by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and Trump, was the first adopted by the council on Israel and the Palestinians in almost eight years. "I can live with either one", the president said.

  • Sonia Alvarado