Trump aides Kushner and Greenblatt to visit Israel, Palestinians this week

Reports suggesting the Palestinian Authority (PA) was willing to relent on its demand, which has been a precondition to resuming peace talks since negotiations broke down in 2014, followed President Donald Trump's Mideast visit last month.

Kushner and Greenblatt are expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Kushner will travel along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to Trump and special representative for global negotiations.

The visit comes one month after Trump's maiden trip to the region, during which he met with Israeli and Palestinian officials and committed to working to bring both sides together in a lasting peace agreement.

The White House's special representative for global negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, is set to arrive in the Middle East ahead of Kushner, according to the official. The two will hold meetings both in Ramallah and in Jerusalem, continuing subjects discussed upon Trump's recent Israel visit.

Since then, conversations have been ongoing, the White House official said.

President Trump has placed Kushner at the center of his efforts to secure a Middle East peace deal.

"Every year, we raze some 1,500 illegal Palestinian structures in Area C, which is under full Israeli control".

"I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, " Trump said when he hosted Abbas.

Greenblatt tweeted on Sunday night: "Excited to be traveling back to Israel and the Pal".

In 2002, Saudi Arabia proposed allowing for a general recognition of Israel in return for a peace deal with the Palestinians and a withdrawal from the occupied territories. Abbas, on the other hand, has previously expressed his commendation of the USA president's determination to reach a peace deal which the previous administrations have failed to achieve.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and chief economic advisor Gary Cohn leave notes at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017. The official told the Journal that Kushner and these leaders will talk about "their priorities and potential next steps".

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