Aug 24, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
Mission improbable: Kushner trek begins U.S.-brokered peace talks

Jared Kushner is in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he met today with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said: "We know that things are difficult and complicated, but nothing is impossible in the face of good efforts."

  • But as Axios' Jonathan Swan points out: A conga line of diplomatic grandees have tried this for decades before Kushner came onto the scene.
  • An administration source tells Swan this trip is the beginning of substantive peace talks, brokered by the U.S.
  • Readout from the White House: "The Palestinian Authority and the U.S. delegation had a productive meeting focused on how to begin substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Both sides agreed to continue with the U.S.-led conversations as the best way to reach a comprehensive peace deal."

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