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April 24, 2018 4:19 pm

Trump Middle East Envoy: We Remain ‘Deeply Committed’ to Achieving Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal

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US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. Photo: INSS via Facebook.

The US remains “deeply committed to achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement,” a top Trump administration official reiterated on Monday.

“Past failures do not absolve us of the responsibility to try,” Jason Greenblatt — President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations — told attendees at the American Jewish Committee’s Women’s Leadership Board Spring Luncheon. “I ultimately believe there may be a clear path toward peace.”

Greenblatt emphasized, however, that it would be “up to the parties themselves” to negotiate a deal.

“True, lasting peace will be only as strong as the moral values that underlie it,” Greenblatt noted.

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Trump, according to Greenblatt, “treats Israel the way a valued ally should be treated.”

US-Israel relations “are stronger than ever,” Greenblatt went on to say. “The revitalization of US-Israel relations culminated in President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

Many Arab countries, Greenblatt pointed out, are “increasingly looking to Israel as a security and economic partner.”

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