Trump Middle East Envoy Jason Greeenblatt met in Jordan Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a “follow-up” to their meeting earlier this month.
Had very positive meeting w/ President Abbas. Continued discussion on how to make tangible progress on peace btwn Israelis and Palestinians pic.twitter.com/9OLbsFHBwS
— Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) March 28, 2017
In that initial meeting, Abbas, who is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington for the first time within the next few weeks, assured Greenblatt that a “historic peace deal” is possible under the Trump administration.
“President Abbas told Mr. Greenblatt that under President Trump’s leadership a historic peace deal is possible, and that it will enhance security throughout the region,” the U.S. Consulate said in a statement at the time.
— Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) March 28, 2017
On Twitter, Greenblatt described Tuesday’s meeting with Abbas as “very positive,” adding that the discussion concerned “how to make tangible progress on peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
According to a report by Israel’s Channel 2, Greenblatt’s continued meetings with the P.A. President may represent an effort by Trump to “court” Abbas and broker a peace deal, something Trump has set his sights on since his campaign.
Since November, the Trump administration has adopted a surprisingly ambivalent stance on the issue of Israeli settlement construction, with Trump telling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “hold back” on settlement activity during their February meeting in Washington.
Speaking at AIPAC’s annual policy conference this week, Vice President Mike Pence assured attendees that Trump is “invested in finding an equitable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict… And while there will undoubtedly have to be compromises, I can assure you all President Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish State of Israel.”
In addition to Abbas, Greenblatt met this week with E.U. Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini to discuss to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which Greenblatt tweeted is “a priority for both of us.”
Mogherini appeared to agree with Greenblatt, tweeting that “cooperation is essential to achieve peace in the Middle East. Working on it with @jdgreenblatt45 in Jordan today.”