Israel: Trump's envoy for the Middle East meets Netanyahu

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Jason Netblick, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, left, meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister 's Office in Jerusalem, March 13, 2017. Kobi Gideon / GPO
Greenblatt is one of a few Trump associates who have been meeting in the region

US President Donald Trump's envoy for the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, met on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, he said on his Twitter account.

Mr. Greenblatt is one of the few collaborators of Mr. Trump who have been multiplying meetings in the region for months to try to revive the peace enterprise between Israelis and Palestinians.

The meeting comes two weeks after the US president announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

This United States decision on Jerusalem, one of the most difficult issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has prompted almost daily protests and clashes in the West Bank and Gaza.

Mr. Greenblatt, accompanied by the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, spoke with Mr. Netanyahu "while the administration (Trump) continues its peace efforts, which will benefit both Israelis and Palestinians" , he said.

Mr Greenblatt said on Twitter that he has also met since Tuesday evening the European Union special representative for the peace process, Fernando Gentilini, as well as Israeli General Yoav Mordechai, head of the COGAT, the body of the Ministry of Defense charged coordinate Israeli activities in the Palestinian Territories.

Greenblatt was supposed to precede in the region, then join the US Vice President Mike Pence, which was due to arrive on Wednesday. The White House announced Monday the postponement of the visit of Mr. Pence in mid-January by invoking his necessary presence in Washington for a crucial vote in the Senate.

Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been saluted by Israel as "historic."

For his part, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided that Palestinian officials will no longer meet American political officials.

While Mr. Greenblatt met Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Abbas was received by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, a heavyweight in the region and a close ally of the United States. The king reaffirmed the Palestinians' right to make East Jerusalem the capital of the state they aspire to.

(with agency)

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