IS­RAEL AGREES TO HOLD BACK ON SET­TLE­MENTS

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

THE Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion launched its new Mid­dle East pol­icy in a five-hour meet­ing on Mon­day evening in Jerusalem be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for In­ter­na­tional Ne­go­ti­a­tions Ja­son Green­blatt.

Mr Green­blatt, an Or­tho­dox Jew who for years acted as Mr Trump’s at­tor­ney, ar­rived in the re­gion for an of­fi­cial visit in or­der to “learn the is­sues”.

At the end of the meet­ing, a joint state­ment was pub­lished ex­press­ing the usual com­mit­ments to Is­rael’s se­cu­rity.

Sources in Jerusalem said after the meet­ing that the prime min­is­ter and se­nior mem­bers of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had agreed that Is­rael would not carry out any ma­jor set­tle­ment build­ing or go ahead with any planned leg­is­la­tion for an­nex­a­tion of parts of the West Bank for the time be­ing.

Mean­while, se­nior of­fi­cials from both coun­tries are con­tin­u­ing to work on a frame­work for a “re­gional peace ini­tia­tive” that is ex­pected to in­clude also Egypt and Jor­dan and per­haps the Saudis.

On Tues­day, Mr Green­blatt met Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas in Ra­mal­lah for what was de­scribed as “a pos­i­tive, far-rang­ing ex­change about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion”. ANSHEL PFEFFER

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