Prince William plans to bring ‘lasting peace’ to Middle East after visit

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 28, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Britain’s Prince William plans to make bringing a “just and lasting peace” to the Middle East his “lifelong project,” a British tabloid reported, citing a Buckingham Palace source.

“The visit had a profound effect on the Duke,” The Mirror reported, quoting what it called a “highly placed Palace source.” Prince William also holds the title Duke of Cambridge. “The places he visited, the people he met and the stories he heard have all moved him very deeply.” [Read more…]

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Jared Kushner trying to dictate peace, Palestinian chief negotiator says

Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner speaks during the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat said White House adviser Jared Kushner is attempting to “dictate” a peace solution, after Kushner in an interview criticized PA President Mahmoud Abbas for rejecting an as-yet-unannounced U.S. peace plan.

Erekat called the interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds published on Sunday morning “an attempt to push forward a plan that consolidates Israel’s colonial control over Palestinian land and lives while telling the Palestinian people that money will compensate for our inalienable rights.” [Read more…]

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Trump reportedly asked Netanyahu if he genuinely wants peace

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – In a phone call last year with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump asked him whether or not he genuinely wants peace, according to a new report.

Trump asked the question in the wake of news reports that Netanyahu had planned to build new settlement housing to placate members of his coalition government, Axios reported Sunday, citing three sources familiar with the call. The news website did not report on Netanyahu’s answer. [Read more…]

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Trump’s top Middle East negotiator urges Palestinians back to table

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace negotiator, said efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace were still underway and urged the Palestinians to return to the table.

Greenblatt delivered his appeals twice this week, once at a key policy conference in Israel and then at a special meeting of a funding committee for the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Donald Trump is drafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

President Donald Trump speaking on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., June 27, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., June 27, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump and his advisers have started drafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, officials told The New York Times.

In the article published Saturday, officials said they expect to address issues that have long frustrated negotiators, such as the status of Jerusalem and West Bank settlements. The framework could “take until early next year to finalize” and will not impose a timeline for negotiations, officials said. [Read more…]

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