DESPITE the Palestinians insisting again this week that they will not take part in America-brokered peace talks, President Donald Trump said he will not give up.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said invitations to resume negotiations are “unacceptable” until Trump reverses his policy on Jerusalem.
But Jared Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser — and Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, are refusing to allow anything to affect their peace plan.
This is a working document with hundreds of pages of ideas to address the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kushner and Greenblatt believe that the plan, once presented, will appeal to the Palestinians and the wider Arab world, effectively nullifying their angry response to the Jerusalem decision.
Washington’s stance was reinforced this week with confirmation that vice-president Mike Pence will visit Israel on January 22 and 23 and address the Knesset, following multiple delays.