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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Palestinians show growing support for two-state solution, poll finds

(JTA) – A small and nearly equal majority of Israelis and Palestinians back a two-state solution, a new poll shows, but the Palestinians’ support is rising.

Support among Israelis is at 53 per cent, a decline of two percentage points since December, and at 52 per cent among Palestinians both in the West Bank and Gaza, an increase of eight points, according to the Palestinian-Israeli Pulse: A Joint Poll published Monday. [Read more…]

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Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt after Netanyahu meeting: Making peace will ‘take time’

(JTA) – Arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian peace will “take time,” U.S. President Donald Trump’s top two negotiators said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The United States officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking,” the White House said in a readout after the meeting Wednesday between Netanyahu and Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump and his Jewish son-in-law, and Jason Greenblatt, his special envoy to the region. [Read more…]

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