Palestinians give Trump 45 days to meet their demands

Israeli police gather in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran in the Negev desert

U.S. President Donald Trump is still pushing for the breakthrough he hopes will ultimately clinch an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, but one side of the equation is fast losing hope.

In a recent speech at a rally in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu attacked the Oslo Accords, the interim Israeli-Palestinian agreement meant to facilitate a solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

DAVID MAKOVSKY: Maybe it should go like this - every step Israel takes towards the Palestinians, you Sunni states take towards Israel.

Disappointed Palestinian officials privately gripe that Trump's team has begun to support Israeli positions and ignore their concerns.

Palestinians walk next to Israeli forces at the entrance of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem al-Quds' Old City on July 25, 2017.

Ahmed Majdalani, a senior Palestinian Liberation Organisation official who is close to Abbas, told AFP on Thursday that one option if no progress is reached would be to dissolve the Palestinian Authority - a threat that has been made in the past. But that violence has died down, and the White House says the president thinks it's the right time to restart talks that have been on hold for years.

The Palestinians initially welcomed Trump's election, but they have since grown impatient with what they say is a failure by the USA president to present a roadmap for peace. They thought that it is very simple, and slowly, slowly they are learning that it is very complicated.

Kushner told Netanyahu that Trump is "very committed" to help broker a peace deal and thanked the prime minister for working with the White House toward that goal.

"If we don't know where we are heading, if we don't know what the end game is, then we are in a desert without a map", said Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior adviser to Abbas. So on both sides, there is not even a unified attempt to put on a happy face here, there's just a lot of pessimism. "Since the Trump administration came to power, we've seen the advancement of thousands of housing units through plans and tenders".

Reported easing of ban prompts social media calls for Palestinians to also be present at the Jerusalem site next week.

Kushner, the 36-year-old commercial real estate magnate whose marriage to Trump's eldest daughter has thrust the otherwise inexperienced diplomat into the center of U.S. foreign relations, now wields a hefty foreign affairs portfolio in the Trump administration.

The kingdom is a key player in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the palace said in a statement that Abdullah, Kushner and Greenblatt had stressed the need to start "serious and effective peace negotiations" on the "basis of the two-state solution". "They all come in thinking they'll be the ones to solve this, and then they find out how hard it really is".

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