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"We highly appreciate President Trump's efforts to strike a historical peace deal, a statement he repeated more than one time during our meetings in Washington, Riyadh and Bethlehem", Abbas said at the beginning of the meeting.

Al-Quds, al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Abbas spoke to Jordan's King Abdullah II via a phone call about the outcomes of his meeting with the United States delegation that is working to resume negotiations between Palestinians and Israel.

"He remains optimistic that progress toward a deal can be achieved".

In addition to Kushner and Abbas, the Ramallah meeting was attended by special envoy for worldwide negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization Dr. Saeb Erekat, Presidential Advisor for Economic Affairs Mohammed Mustafa, head of the General Intelligence Service Maj. They talked to us about incitement.

A USA official told Israeli media outlets that the report was "nonsense" and the comment was never made. Nevertheless, those from the "cup is half full" camp see movement in the presumption that both sides have now had an opportunity to air their talking points directly [and indirectly, respectively] to each other and to the Americans, a necessary starting point.

"Without a clear American commitment to the two-state solution and stopping settlements and ending the occupation، we don't expect much from this administration،" he added.

Aloul left out that the Palestinians have refused successive offers of a state made by Israel on numerous occasions.

It's not an uncommon threat for the Palestinian leadership to make.

Well-informed Palestinian sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that no significant breakthrough occurred at the Abbas-Kushner meeting.

An 8-year-old Palestinian girl was killed on Saturday after being struck by an Israeli vehicle in the Nablus district of the nerthern occupied West Bank, according to Israeli sources. They are seeking an end to Israeli settlement construction and also want the support the creation of the Palestine state.

Shapiro, now a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies think-tank in Tel Aviv, said the focus should instead be on short-term goals such as improving the Palestinian economy in order to keep the possibility of a two-state solution alive.

The current administration has broken from the norm accepted by its predecessors, as they have spoken over and over of the two-state solution and the need for Israeli land concessions.

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