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Jared Kushner is headed to Jerusalem and Ramallah in hopes of advancing Middle East peace

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UPDATE 10:12 a.m. EST:


Jared Kushner's meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was described as “tense,” according to a London-based new outlet al-Hayat.

Abbas was reportedly furious at Kushner for stating the demands of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the site.

A Israeli newspaper Haaretz also reported that Palestinian officials were “greatly disappointed” by their meeting with Kushner. 


"They sounded like Netanyahu's advisers and not like fair arbiters," a senior Palestinian official told the newspaper. "They started presenting Netanyahu's issues and then we asked to hear from them clear stances regarding the core issues of the conflict."

Kushner is expected to report back to President Donald Trump on the meetings, a Palestinian official told the newspaper. 

Original story: 

President Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to help advance Middle East peace, according to CBS News.

Trump appointed Kushner to lead the effort to advance Middle East peace earlier this year. A White House official said that Kushner is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Wednesday, and is expected to hear directly from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Trump said during his trip to the Middle East last month that he was confident that both Israelis and Palestinians are "ready to reach for peace" and "make a deal."

At a final speech he made in Jerusalem, Trump said, "Today I call upon all people, Jews, Christians and Muslims, every tribe, every creed, to draw inspiration from this ancient city, to set aside our sectarian differences, to overcome oppression and hatred and give all children dignity and hope." 


The trip comes as Kushner faces scrutiny in the FBI's investigation of alleged Russian election meddling over meetings he had earlier this year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

Some took to Twitter to voice concern about sending Kushner to negotiate Middle East peace. 

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