Trump envoy and PM Netanyahu discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace process
- Author: Kyle Peterson Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 0:42
The American consulate announcement also stated that during the meeting Abbas and Greenblatt expressed a commitment by the United States and the PA to advance a real, sustainable peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
According to a statement from the Israeli Prime Minister's office, Netanyahu and Greenblatt re-established Israel and the US's joint dedication in promoting a true and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians that strengthens stability within the Middle East and Israel's security.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration waded into the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict Tuesday as one of his top advisers held his first meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Tuesday's statement said Abbas had told Greenblatt he believed that under Trump's leadership "a historic peace deal was possible".
Before the meeting Tuesday at Abbas's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jason Greenblatt emphasized the US president's commitment "to the effort to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve a lasting peace through direct negotiations", according to a statement.
"I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like". During the meeting, Greenblatt pledged to aid both sides in reaching an agreement through direct negotiations while Netanyahu committed to enabling the development of the Palestinian economy.
Abbas is expected to visit the White House next month.
The Palestinian gross domestic product now stands at approximately $300 million annually, far less than neighboring Israel's GDP, which is upwards of $12 billion.
Greenblatt described his meeting with Abbas on Twitter as "positive" and "far-reaching".
On Monday, Greenblatt met with Netanyahu for five hours at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem. The settlement would be the first new government-approved settlement built in the West Bank in more than 25 years.