White House special adviser Jared Kushner and US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt will reportedly travel to Israel and other Middle East countries next week for talks with regional leaders on when to present a Trump administration peace plan، as well as to seek ideas on resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip، The Times of Israel reported.
The tour comes amid a nadir in relations between the United States and the Palestinians، with the Palestinian Authority refusing to speak to Washington over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the subsequent relocation of the US embassy to the city last month.
Adding to the tensions، Greenblatt is mired in a spat with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat، who earlier this week accused the US envoy of parroting right-wing Israeli views.
Channel 10 television، citing a senior official in Washington، reported Tuesday that Kushner and Greenblatt will visit Israel، Egypt، Saudi Arabia، and other unspecified countries to discuss the Trump peace plan.
No meetings with Palestinian officials have been scheduled so far. But the US official، who was not named in the TV report، said that if the Palestinians show willingness to meet the pair of US envoys، the American team would be open to a meeting.
Kushner — who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law — and Greenblatt are also looking for ideas on solving some of the remaining issues in the peace plan، the official said.
Trump wants to lock down the right timing to present the plan and is interested in feedback from neighboring countries، the official said.
The official also said that US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s return to Washington early in the week was not to prepare for presenting the peace plan but rather was a routine visit for general talks and to update Kushner and Greenblatt ahead of their trip to the region.