Palestinian officials say that Mahmoud Abbas was able to squeeze major concessions from US President Donald Trump when he called the Palestinian leader over the weekend.
Abbas is expected to visit the White House next month.
When he does, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says Trump will make a “historic” offer to the Palestinians.
According to Erekat, Trump will ask Abbas to restart peace negotiations with Israel in exchange for American pressure on Israel to freeze Jewish settlements.
Trump will also reportedly offer to rescind his promise to return the US Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that would offer significant backing to Israel’s claim to the holy city.
Erekat’s claims, which he made to the Arabic-language daily Al-Khaleej, could not be verified.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt.
There seemed to be no talk of a settlement freeze, but Greenblatt did convey Trump’s desire to boost the Palestinian economy, which Netanyahu wholeheartedly agreed with.
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