Kushner meeting with Netanyahu called productive

The reports came as U.S. President Donald Trump's two Middle East peace envoys, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, were in Israel to discuss American efforts to resume the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

The visit came just after Israel started building its first new settlement in the West Bank in 25 years in defiance of the global law and the latest UN Security Council resolution against the illegal move. Although Israel claims that Jerusalem is not occupied, its annexation of the city's Palestinian neighborhoods after the war is not recognized by other nations, including the United States.

Netanyahu had vowed to compensate the residents of Amona with the new settlement, built on a nearby site in the northern West Bank.

"The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing a closed diplomatic meeting, said the Palestinians had rebuffed Greenblatt's pressure and demanded an Israeli settlement freeze", the Times said.

For at least two decades, the goal of USA -led diplomacy has been a "two-state solution", meaning an independent Palestinian state living side-by-side and at peace with Israel. Jason Greenblatt, Trump's global envoy, will arrive on Monday.

The Trump administration has discouraged settlement activity but has not taken as hard of a line as former President Obama.

Kushner, who was in the region for just 20 hours, met with both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for several hours.

Trump has described a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians as "the ultimate deal" and made it a priority since taking office: he's received both Netanyahu and Abbas in the White House and visited the region last month. Abbas raised the question of the new settlement with the Americans, he added.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas poses with prisoners released on October 30, 2013 as part of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Netanyahu is close to Kushner's family, and he even gave up his childhood bedroom and slept in the basement once when the Israeli prime minister visited them in NY. Kushner said he was personally asked by Trump to express his condolences to her grieving family. Netanyahu visited her grieving family on Sunday and called the 23-year-old woman "everybody's daughter and everybody's hero".

It was the latest incident in a wave of Palestinian attacks that began in September 2015. Some 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during the same period, a lot of them identified as attackers by Israel.

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