Seeing ‘opportunity’ to renew talks, Trump sends three envoys to region


The Times of Israel: With the Temple Mount crisis ended and calm largely restored, US President Donald Trump believes an “opportunity” has opened up to advance his peace initiative, and is sending three of his top envoys to the region in the days ahead, a senior White House official told The Times of Israel Friday.

Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell will all soon head to the Middle East. The three will meet with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

President Trump has asked his delegation to focus the talks on this trip around several broad themes, inclusive finding “a path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, combatting extremism [and dealing with] the situation in Gaza, including how to ease the humanitarian crisis there.”

Opinion: The team is instructed to discuss strengthening relations between the two sides, to take economic steps that can be taken both now and after a peace deal is signed to ensure security, stability and prosperity for the region.

Arab leaders already have economic stability and prosperity for themselves having convinced the masses that it is Israel who is causing their poverty. So that won’t work.

And while Greenblatt and Freidman have shown little in the way of new ideas for peace, we need to watch the guy whose headquarters are at 666 Fifth Ave, New York, for an ever so subtle breakthrough.

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