President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to push the Trump administration's long-awaited peace peace, just as Israel was thrown into the political court in an unprecedented second year election .
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Kushner and the US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt stopped in Israel as part of a tour of the Middle East to support the administration's upcoming economic conference in Bahrain, which the White House regards as the first part of its peace plan.
The United States hopes to draw Arab states with deep pockets to participate in the workshop, which anticipates extensive infrastructure work and investment in the Palestinian territories.
In short, joint remarks Kushner ate American-Israeli cooperati and said, "It has never been stronger and we are very excited about all the potential ahead of Israel … and for the whole region."
But public attention was dominated by Israel's political crisis.
Netanyahu tried to ease concerns that the dramatic resolution of the Israeli parliament would postpone the spread of the US peace plan further. "You know we had a small event last night," he said. "It won't stop us."
At the White House, President Trump, a closely connected Netanyahu, weighed out dissatisfaction that the Prime Minister did not form a governing coalition. Calling Netanyahu a "good guy", Trump said he feels "very bad" that the country is facing another choice because there is "enough turmoil" in the region.
Israel's reopened election season presents yet another obstacle to Trump's Mideast peace process, which the Palestinians, with reference to the administration's pro-Israel bias, have rejected.
The Trump administration had hinged the plan's disclosure of Netanyahu's victory over last month's elections. Now it seems that the proposal will have to wait for the outcome of another tumultuous election cycle, after which Trump's own race for re-election is chosen.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu faces charges of a number of corruption charges, with its first hearing aid in October. His legal problems question his long rule along with the possibility of a future peace plan.
This week, Jordan and Morocco traveled Kushner and Greenblatt to drum for support for the Bahrain Economic Conference, scheduled for June 25 -26. Neither state has announced plans for participation.
After more than two years of work, Kushner's team has still not revealed its political vision. But a glimpse of the plan's hint will focus strongly on so-called economic peace while sidelining or ignoring the long-standing Palestinian goal of independence. The two-state solution continues to enjoy the broad support of the international community.
Met with US presidential advisors, Jordan's King Abdullah II stood by his country's involvement in the two state solution and revealed a step with the administration and raising doubts about how Trump's team will win over skeptical Arab states.
Dennis Ross, veteran Middle East dealer, says the plan's outlook is subdued considering "many unknowns" who indefinitely postpone its rollout. Especially, if Netanyahu turns even further to the right of the campaign, appeals to voters by promising to enclose settlements in the West Bank again, "the political climate will only become more difficult … it will make it harder for Arab leaders to accept something." [1
"It may be difficult for the Palestinians to reject reconstruction and development projects given the financial crises that destabilize the West Bank and Gaza right now," Ross said. At this early stage, the cash-strapped Palestinian leadership will say "not only to improving the terrible economic conditions in Gaza and the West Bank … which could help without having to give up political."  However, the Palestinians say they will not attend the Bahrain meeting, reject the conference parameters and the United States role as mediator. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his self-governing West Bank interrupted the bond with the White House after Trump acknowledged controversial Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967 and attached it to the capital. Although Trump said his statement did not set the final limits of the city, the Palestinians saw the movement as unfairly favored by Israel. US cuts in aid and closure of the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington further elaborated on their suspicions.