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Kushner visits family of slain Israeli border police officer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the start of work Tuesday on a new settlement in the occupied West Bank on the eve of a peace mission pushed for by the White House.”This announcement is a message coinciding with the arrival of the USA president’s envoys to the region, which indicates that Israel is not interested in U.S. efforts and is serious about thwarting these efforts as it did with previous United States administrations”, he continued.Later, Kushner will meet with and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.The December resolution, put forward by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and Trump, was the first adopted by on Israel and the Palestinians in almost eight years.Netanyahu’s announcement comes a day after Trump’s special representative Jason Greenblatt arrived for talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on relaunching peace talks that collapsed in 2014.The Palestinians and the global community consider the settlements obstacles to Palestinian statehood.Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s worldwide envoy, will arrive on Monday.For at least two decades, the goal of US -led diplomacy has been a “two-state solution”, meaning an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side and at peace with Israel.Jared Kushner is travelling to the Middle East this week to continue work toward a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.Through U.S. mediators, Israel and Saudi Arabia have discussed a variety of potential actions that would show their intention to develop open diplomatic relations once the conflict with the Palestinians is resolved, Kara said.Israel says the status of settlements as well as other core issues, such as security, should be resolved in peace talks. Most of the world considers settlements built on occupied land illegal under worldwide law, a position Israel disputes.Palestinians want to establish an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War.U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to try and reach a “historic deal” between the sides.Mohammed Thabet of the Gaza electricity distribution company said Gaza’s roughly 2 million residents could expect to receive even less power.Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state. Israel disputes that, citing biblical, historical and political links to the West Bank, as well as security interests.