Abbas to Trump's Envoy: I'm Committed to Fighting Terror, Curbing Incitement

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Abbas to Trump's Envoy: I'm Committed to Fighting Terror, Curbing Incitement

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with Trump's special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt.

A senior Israeli official noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised in his meeting on Monday with the US envoy the issue of establishing a new settlement for the evacuees of the illegal Amona outpost. Greenblatt also emphasized during the meeting that Trump feels that allowing for the development of the Palestinian economy and improving Palestinians' quality of life is important.

Greenblatt reaffirmed Trump's commitment to Israel's security, as well as his desire to help Israel and the Palestinians achieve peace through direct negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for five hours on Monday with Jason Greenblatt, a lawyer who was appointed chief negotiator for worldwide affairs by President Donald Trump. Since his inauguration on January 20, Trump has been ambivalent about a two-state solution, the mainstay of US policy in the region for the past two decades.

Pivoting again to a regional peace deal, Netanyahu said he believes, under President Trump's leadership, Israel can advance peace with "all its neighbors, including the Palestinians".

Monday's meeting followed Trump's first phone call with P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday.

"I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".

USA officials have described the visit by Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for worldwide negotiations, as a fact-finding mission as the White House seeks a way forward in restarting long-deadlocked peace efforts.

Trump has said that he wants to achieve the "ultimate deal" between Israel and the Palestinians, but has not clearly committed to a specific formula to resolve the conflict.

Abbas and Greenblatt discussed plans to develop the Palestinian economy and providing more economic opportunities, the statement continued.

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