MembersRift Widens Between Trump and the Palestinians

In the first several months of his presidency, Donald Trump enthusiastically met numerous times with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, both in the US and Israel.

By Ryan Jones |
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By contrast, his talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas seemed almost forced, as if Trump was granting an audience, but didn’t really want to be there.

 

And then, Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, visited Ramallah to get the ball re-rolling on the peace process, and we got a very clear indication of where things stand between the Palestinians and America’s 45th president.

 

The mainstream international media tried to paint the Kushner-Abbas meeting as “productive,” but the Arab press didn’t shy away from revealing a deep rift between the two sides.

 

The London-based Arabic-language daily al-Hayat called the gathering “tense,” and reported that Abbas was outraged when Kushner entered the room and firmly conveyed Israel’s long-standing demands.

 

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