Kushner arrives in Palestine amid protests

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Date  24/08/2017

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has arrived in Palestine amid protests over Washington’s favoritism towards Israel in resolving the decades-long stalemate in the occupied territories.

Dozens of angry protesters marched in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, as Kushner entered the city to meet with Palestinian authorities in hopes of sealing the “ultimate deal” that Trump has so ardently touted ever since taking office.

Chanting “the American is not welcome,” the protesters expressed their disappointment with the Trump administration and its Israel-first approach.

The pessimism is prevalent among Palestinian authorities as well, who at first welcomed Trump’s election, thinking he was going to change things around.

Perhaps the frustration was best echoed by Ahmed Majdalani, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official, who blasted Trump’s lack of plan on Thursday.“The American administration has not presented any initiative until now, while the Israelis continue with their settlement activities and refuse to abide by obligations they signed up to,” said Majdalani, who is close to President Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas tried to remain optimistic after his meeting with Kushner, hoping for progress towards Trump’s “peace deal.”

However, even the Palestinian president could not hide his frustration with the Trump White House when he met with an Israeli delegation earlier this week.

“I don’t even know how they are dealing with us, because his entire administration is in chaos,” he told the visiting left-wing Israeli senators.

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