Israeli PM says work begun on new West Bank settlement

Israeli PM says work begun on new West Bank settlement

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, will travel to the Middle East this week to push for a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to a White House official.

Kushner will meet Wednesday in Jerusalem with Netanyahu and in Ramallah with Palestinian President Abbas in order to hear from the two how they would like to move forward toward a renewal of the peace process. Trump made a decision to delay fulfilling a campaign promise to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem in an attempt to advance the prospects of a peace agreement, the White House said earlier this month. President Trump has said it is one of his priorities, and seems to be pursuing it despite a series of domestic challenges.

The area owned by the people of Qalqilya is classified as Area C of the occupied West Bank under the Oslo agreement signed between Israel and the PLO in 1992.

Heavy machinery work on a field as they begin construction work of Amichai, a new settlement which will house some 300 Jewish settlers evicted in February from the illegal West Bank settlement of Amona, in the West Bank June 20, 2017.

Israel captured the territory with its key holy sites from Jordan in the 1967 war.

Jason Greenblatt paid a shiva visit to the family of an Israel border policewoman stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist and visited the Western Wall before meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a year ago, he said he had not had any contacts with Palestinians since his time at the yeshiva, when he came into contact with laborers.

Kushner's family foundation, the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to organizations and institutions in West Bank settlements. About 90 minutes later, and after numerous complaints, that headline was changed to this: "Israeli police kill 3 alleged Palestinian attackers". The Kushner family has also always been close to Netanyahu, with the prime minister once sleeping on Kushner's childhood bed.

Last December, the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution declaring all Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank illegal under global law.

Although Israel and Saudi Arabia have no official diplomatic ties, they have reportedly unofficially grown closer in recent years over their shared concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program, its growing influence in the Middle East, and the advent of Islamic terror. About 15 percent of settlers are American Jews.

Israel disputes that, citing biblical, historical and political links to the West Bank, as well as security interests.

In 2002, Saudi Arabia proposed allowing for a general recognition of Israel in return for a peace deal with the Palestinians and a withdrawal from the occupied territories.