"Balfour became famous for his promise ... to establish" Israel on the land of Palestine, Maliki said, adding, "I call for the current British foreign secretary to be famous for giving the Palestinians a promise called the 'Johnson declaration' that recognizes a Palestinian state". He has espoused staunchly pro-Israel rhetoric during his campaign and presidency, but Palestinian leaders have held out hope a deal could be reached. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.
The Palestinian president has said he would pressure Kushner to have the White House reaffirm commitment to the two-state solution. One that develops a framework on the big issues, such as borders and Jerusalem that the two sides will negotiate with US help?
Adalah lawyer Suhad Bishara, who represents the residents of Umm al-Hiran, told Al Jazeera that the bylaws could be challenged in court.
"It is for good reason that the two-state solution has become a matter of consensus in the region and internationally".
Kushner also met Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah where they expressed optimism about working together to achieve a deal. Palestinians are also mistrusting of the administration's efforts, something that doesn't seem likely to change any time soon.
A Palestinian photographer works amid tear gas fired by Israeli forces during confrontations with Palestinian protesters near the boundary between Israel and the central Gaza Strip, October 2015.
The thinking behind Netanyahu's statement is clearly similar to that behind the British elites of the early 20th century. On Sunday, Abbas told Israeli parliamentarians that disarray in Washington was impacting any chance of restarting peace talks.
Even if there appears to be no obvious partner for peace in the region at the moment, Trump does not seem ready to table his peace plans. But this was Mr. Kushner's first trip to see leaders from Arab states he considers critical to resolving the generations-old conflict. 'Inside [Trump's] country, there is chaos in the administration, ' he said. By bringing on Coates, Greenblatt would get a senior point of contact on the NSC who would be fully devoted to his project.
MOHAMMED ISHTAYEH: We would like to know, what is the endgame?
Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin often meet Haim Hoffmann when they enter.
Yehuda Glick, a lawmaker from Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party, had in March petitioned Israel's supreme court against the ban on members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, visiting the hilltop site. "Egypt considers this step as a misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that binds the two countries over decades", it said.
President Trump's son-in-law is on his third attempt at getting peace talks restarted between Israelis and Palestinians.
Then at the weekend, Abbas was quoted as telling a delegation of left-wing Israeli lawmakers that despite multiple meetings with U.S. envoys, he still "can't understand" Trump's position on the conflict.
The Us Consulate-rather than the US embassy in Tel Aviv-said the US-run talks are the best way to reach a comprehensive peace agreement. The group came away hopeful that the new generation of Arab leaders is a potential "game-changer", said a senior administration official.
In a recent off-the-record briefing, Kushner admitted the challenges in identifying an end game and wondered what - new or unique - he and the administration were bringing to the problem.