White House envoy Jared Kushner begins Mideast peace push

White House adviser Jared Kushner has begun a round of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he resumes efforts to restart peace negotiations.

Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son in law, arrived at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon. He was then to head to the West Bank city of Ramallah to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the evening.

The Trump White House has been relatively silent regarding the overseas trip, only confirming to CBS News that Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell had left the U.S. Sunday evening and were in “the region on Monday.”

No details were provided by the White House on which country or countries they visited Tuesday or Wednesday morning after repeated inquiries by CBS News.

Jordanian media published a photo that showed Kushner meeting with King Abdullah in Amman on Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, during the Thursday meeting Kushner told Netanyahu that Mr. Trump is “very committed” to achieving a deal that will bring “prosperity and peace to all people in this area.”

Mr. Trump took office with hopes of forging what he calls the “ultimate deal” between Israelis and Palestinians.

But there have been no breakthroughs so far, and Palestinian officials have begun to voice impatience with the lack of progress.

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