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Kushner Meets Netanyahu To Continue Peace Push

Kushner is currently in Israel on a short visit to help assist in Mideast peace negotiations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Trump administration senior adviser Jared Kushner in his Jerusalem office on Wednesday.

Kushner, who is also US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was accompanied by White House lead international negotiator Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Kushner is currently in  Israel on a short visit to help assist in Mideast peace negotiations.

Netanyahu warmly welcomed his American guests and commented during their meeting that the present moment offers an “opportunity to pursue our common goals of security, prosperity and peace.”

“I know of your efforts and the president’s efforts and I look forward to working with you to reach these common goals,”  he continued, adding that he sends his warmest regards to President Trump.

Kushner thanked the prime minister for the reception, saying that it was “an honor to be here.”

Before their meeting in the capital, Kushner visited the mourning family of slain Border Police officer St.-Sgt-Maj. Hadas Malka, shortly after arriving to Israel in a bid to restart peace talks.

Malka, 23, was killed Friday evening while guarding the Old City’s Damascus Gate in a terrorist attack carried out by three Palestinian assailants armed with knives and an improvised automatic weapon after illegally entering Jerusalem from the West Bank.

According to a Malka family spokesperson, Kushner, who was accompanied by Friedman, spent roughly 30 minutes with her parents during the shiva (week-long family mourning period in Judaism) call.

“He offered the condolences to the bereaved family from the US president, who spoke to his son-in-law on the way and asked that he be kept updated about the visit,” the friend told Ynet.

“Kushner said that the president himself asked him to express condolences on behalf of the United States.”

The Trump administration has placed a high premium on restarting Mideast peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, repeatedly referring to a final-status agreement as “the ultimate deal.”

(First reported by The Jerusalem Post)   (June 21, 2017)

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