President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday for meetings that the White House says are aimed at “achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Kushner will be accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, a Trump adviser whose official title is “assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations.” According to a White House official who discussed the trip with Yahoo News, the pair are two of Trump’s “most trusted advisers” and will be spearheading a “peace effort” that is a “top priority” for the president.
“He strongly believes that peace is possible,” the official said of Trump.
Kushner and Greenblatt are set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and their senior advisers. Greenblatt has been in the region since Monday and had a preliminary meeting with Netanyahu on Tuesday. The pair also accompanied Trump on his visit there last month, and there have been ongoing conversations since then. The White House official said the meetings this week will be focused on “priorities and potential next steps” and emphasized that this will be the beginning of a lengthy process.
“It is important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time, and to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington, D.C., or other locations as they pursue substantive talks,” the White House official said.
Trump has been outspoken about his desire to help broker a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians since taking office in January and has tasked Kushner with leading the effort. At a gala dinner on the night before Trump’s…