Netanyahu, Kushner meet in Jerusalem over U.S. peace plan

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump’s top adviser met in Jerusalem on Wednesday to discuss the White House’ peace plan, officials said.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement, saying Netanyahu and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met in the prime minister’s office.

The meeting was attended also by U.S. Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

An Israeli government official told Xinhua that the meeting focused on advancing the Trump administration’s peace plan, which was announced by Kushner in the Bahrain conference in June. The plan was denounced as biased by the Palestinians.

Kushner arrived in the region in another shuttle diplomacy effort to promote a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

Earlier on Wednesday, he arrived in Jordan for a meeting with King Abdullah II, who told him that any solution for the conflict must include the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to Jordan’s official news agency of Petra.

The last round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014, mainly over Israel’s continuing expansion of the settlements in the West Bank.