(August 21, 2018 / JNS) An Israeli report has revealed that the son of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas told a top Trump administration official that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unrealistic.
According to Israel’s Channel 10, Tarek Abbas told White House special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt last September on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York that he does not think a two-state solution is possible, and that the solution is one state with equal rights for all citizens.
Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly insisted that the only way to peace is through the creation of a Palestinian state.
The report stated that Greenblatt reached out to Tarek Abbas in order to try to push forward the Trump administration’s peace efforts, according to unnamed senior Israeli officials cited by Channel 10.
Days before that, Mahmoud Abbas met with Trump to express his hope that the “deal of the century” would bring a solution to ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and Israel. Since then, Abbas has blasted Trump’s deal and vowed not to engage in any negotiations led by the Trump White House.
The declaration came after Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December.