Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, said that he is "ready to work" with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he visits the region as part of an effort to broker a peace deal, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
The interview came out after a week-long trip around the region by Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. The American officials held meetings in Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt, but were shunned by the Palestinian leadership itself.
A Palestinian man inspects a destroyed auto after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, which the Israeli military says it destroyed because it belonged to a leader of the incendiary kite and balloon attacks on southern Israel, on June 17, 2018.
A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday, the Hamas-run health ministry in the Strip said.
The long-term status of Jerusalem is not likely to be solved or even tackled in any Kushner-Greenblatt deal.
According to Palestinian media, a second air strike aimed at an observation post near the security fence was carried out by an Israeli drone.
"So now the blame game has begun", said Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. Abbas has refused any contact with Trump's administration since Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital at the end of past year.
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Abbas has refused to meet with Kushner and other members of the Trump administration, accusing them of bias toward Israel. He has the same talking points that haven't changed in the past 25 years.
Kushner said the plan is "almost done", but offered scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2014. Kushner did not say anything about the right of return for Palestinian refugees or returning to the 1967 lines as borders for a future Palestinian state.
The army also injured several Palestinians with live fire, and gas bombs, east of Khuza'a town, east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip.
Kushner said the White House would soon unveil its own peace plan regardless of whether the 82-year-old Palestinian leader Abbas engages in the ongoing talks. "It is the Trump Administration that has walked away from the negotiations, from worldwide law and United Nations resolutions", Erekat said.
It has always been an insurmountable sticking point, in the Palestinian view, that Jewish settlements built by Israel in the West Bank and East Jerusalem bisect what would become an independent Palestinian state.
The visit comes after a flare-up of hostilities between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israeli-Palestinian negotiations stalled in 2014 over disputes that have deepened with bloodshed in Gaza and the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.