President Trump’s special mid-East envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line Israel’s Minister of Transportation proposed during his historic visit to Oman, linking Israel’s ports on the Mediterranean to Jordan, Saudi Arabia & the Gulf States.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The Trump Administration has backed an Israeli plan to link Haifa with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, hinting that it was in line with the US peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line as Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz made a historic visit to Oman to present its details to an international transportation event, the IRU World Congress. Continue Reading »
U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt writes op-ed in response to Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s outrageous ‘inaccuracies’, “Dr. Erekat, we have heard your voice for decades and it has not achieved anything close to Palestinian aspirations or anything close to a comprehensive peace agreement…The notion that Israel is going away, or that Jerusalem is not its capital, is a mirage.”
By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. President Donald Trump’s special Middle East envoy lashed out at a veteran Palestinian official on Sunday, saying his “false claims” and rhetoric haven’t brought peace closer.
In an op-ed published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Jason Greenblatt responded to an earlier op-ed, penned by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, accusing American officials of acting as “spokespeople” for Israel and criticizing the U.S. Continue Reading »
President Trump’s Special Representative for Int’l Negotiations Jason Greenblatt fires back at PLO official Saeb Erekat on Twitter for intentionally lying to purposely impede any possibility of cooperation between the Palestinians & the United States.
US special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt fired back after Palestinian official Saeb Erekat circulated a letter to foreign diplomats stationed in Ramallah, accusing the American diplomat of being a mouthpiece for Israel.
COGAT commander, Maj-Gen Yoav Mordechai (left) takes President Trump’s Special Representative for Int’l Negotiations Jason Greenblatt (center) on a tour of the Gaza border, 29 Aug 2017. – Photo: U.S. Continue Reading »
White House responds forceable to PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas’ latest insults, saying time has come to choose between hate and peace, says Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s special representative for international negotiations.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON — The White House forcefully pushed back on Monday night against a fresh round of insults from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hurled at a senior member of the Trump administration, after remaining quiet for months through his attacks following their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Since that December policy move, Abbas and his aides have repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump and his senior staff. Continue Reading »
Trump’s mid-East “peace team” seeks to facilitate an equitable deal, without dictating terms as the previous administration, for a lasting congruous arrangement to improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians, using tools serendipitously made available from the changing political winds.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump’s point men on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have diligently listened to its key players for 10 months, studying the region’s storied past, working to earn the trust of both sides and leveraging the serendipitous alignment of interests that has recently formed between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors.
Donald J. Trump’s Special Representative Jason Greenblatt – Screenshot: Facebook
Their listening tour continues, but the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as his special representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, have in their short time in diplomatic service formed some ideas of their own. Continue Reading »
Supporting PM Netanyahu’s cabinet policy regarding the PA-Hamas reconciliation agreement, President Trump’s Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt says Hamas must disarm, abide by Quartet decisions, “and recognize the State of Israel.”
By Uzi Baruch
US Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday issued a statement regarding the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) recent reconciliation agreement with the Hamas terror group.
President Donald Trump’s international negotiations adviser, Jason Greenblatt (left), meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem – Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO
“All parties agree that it is essential that the Palestinian Authority be able to assume full, genuine, and unhindered civil and security responsibilities in Gaza and that we work together to improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinians living there,” Greenblatt said. Continue Reading »
In a US Embassy statement, about 3,500 Syrian injured have sought and received treated in Israeli hospitals, including over 1,000 at Ziv Medical Center in Israel’s Galilee.
By HERB KEINON
The world should hear about Israel’s quality treatment of Syrian patients in its hospitals, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said on Tuesday after visiting Ziv Medical Center in Safed.
Map to the Ziv Medical Center, Safed, Israel – Google Maps
“These are the stories of Israel the world needs to hear, and stories like this show how peace in the region can be possible,” Greenblatt said after visiting the hospital, which has taken care of hundreds of Syrians wounded in their country’s civil war. Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu is to meet Russia’s President Putin in the resort city of Sochi and afterwards with President Trump’s US envoys to discuss Iran, Syria, and how to persuade the Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas, to engage in peace talks.
By Nitsan Keidar
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Wednesday in the Russian city Sochi, near the Black Sea.
The two leaders will speak about regional developments, especially in light of Israel’s concern that Iran’s influence in Syria is growing.
Israel’s PM Netanyahu & Russian President Putin met to discuss cooperation in Syria. – Photo: Israel GPO
“In the past two years Prime Minister Netanyahu has met with Russian President Putin every few months in order to discuss bilateral and regional issues and in order to prevent friction between the Israeli and Russian air forces in Syria, so far successfully,” a spokesman said. Continue Reading »
In an agreement facilitated by Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mid-East envoy, the Temple Mount’s magnetometers will be replaced with advanced technologies according to Monday night’s decision from Israel’s Security Cabinet, with an allocated budget of up to 100 million shekels for the sophisticated optic & thermal devices.
By Nitsan Keida
The Security Cabinet decided on Monday night to remove the metal detectors from the Temple Mount.
Temple Mount Security Camera – Ynet
In a statement, the Cabinet said it “accepted the recommendation of all of the security bodies to incorporate security measures based on advanced technologies (“smart checks”) and other measures instead of metal detectors in order to ensure the security of visitors and worshippers in the Old City and on the Temple Mount.”
Until the implementation of the plan, the Israel Police will reinforce its units and carry out additional actions as necessary in order to ensure the security of visitors on the Mount. Continue Reading »
US President Donald Trump’s Middle East Envoy Greenblatt and senior advisor Jared Kushner should arrive in Israel Monday, hoping to relax tensions over Temple Mount’s newly established counter-terrorism security measures.
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Jared Kusher—US President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor—is leading American efforts at deescalating the Temple Mount crisis surrounding the installation of metal detectors, according to a senior administration official on Sunday.
The official said that Kushner is working with Israel, the Palestinians and Jordan in an effort to solve the current calamity together with Trump emissary Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman.
Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office categorically denies a London-based Arabic newspaper report that U.S. Mid. East Envoy Jason Greenblatt informed Palestinian delegation of an Israeli pledge to curb construction during ongoing peace talks.
By Elior Levy
US President Donald Trump’s special advisor and Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt told a Palestinian delegation in Jerusalem Tuesday that Israel had committed to slowing down the pace of construction in the West Bank during peace negotiations, according to a report published in the London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat.
After the report was published on Wednesday morning however, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement flatly denying the claim: “There is no such commitment,” the statement read. Continue Reading »
Jason Greenblatt, who arrived in Israel on Monday is scheduled to hold meetings in Jerusalem & Ramallah until the arrival on Wednesday of Trump’s son-in-law adviser and all-around trouble-shooter, Jared Kushner, “in trying to achieve the ultimate deal,” said former US ambassador Dan Shapiro, in a conference call on Monday.
By HERB KEINON
US President Donald Trump, in the thick of all kinds of investigations at home, has managed to create leverage in the Middle East. But it is the type of leverage that needs to be used quickly before it dissolves.
That at least is how former US ambassador Dan Shapiro looks at the Trump administration’s continuing diplomatic push in the region – one that will be reinforced Wednesday with the arrival of Trump’s son-in-law, adviser and all-around trouble-shooter, Jared Kushner. Continue Reading »
Mahmoud Abbas said the Arab League summit on Wednesday confirmed that the Arab world had a “clear” vision for peace on the basis of two-states.
President Donald Trump is “serious” about solving the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said ahead of a meeting with the US leader.
Netanyahu at White House with Trump – White House/YouTube
“The US administration of President Donald Trump is seriously considering a solution to the Palestinian issue,” Abbas told AFP late Wednesday after a meeting of the Arab League in Jordan.
Abbas met with Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt before leaving for the summit and said contacts with the administration were ongoing. Continue Reading »
Despite setting a more positive tone towards Israel, the 4-day round of talks between the Trump administration and Israeli officials has ended without agreement over the issue of settlements, since the US delegation reiterated Trump’s concerns over Israeli settlement activity.
The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.
POTUS tells PM Netanyahu to hold off on the construction.- Photo: GPO
The four days of high-level meetings in Washington marked the latest step by President Donald Trump’s aides aimed at opening the way to renewed peace diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians, despite deep skepticism in the United States and Middle East over the chances for success. Continue Reading »