Netanyahu: We Will Welcome Trump's Envoys Kushner and Greenblatt

A delegation headed by Kushner is expected to travel to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Arab states in the end of August in a new peace push

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on Aug. 6, 2017.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on Aug. 6, 2017. Gali Tibbon/AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel will "welcome" the delegation U.S. President Donald Trump is dispatching to the Middle East later this month in an effort to renew the peace process.

"We will welcome American envoys Kushner and Greenblatt who want to advance the peace process," the prime minister said.

On Friday, a White House official said that Trump is sending a team of senior officials headed by Kushner, his senior adviser and son in law, to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and several Arab states. Kusner will be joined by the president's envoy to the peace process Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

According to a senior Israeli official, the delegation is evidently expected to arrive in the last week of August.

The White House official said Trump is still committed to advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and believes that following the diffusion of the Temple Mount crisis a new opportunity has emerged to continue the efforts the president had started shortly after taking office.

"President Trump has previously noted that achieving an enduring Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will be difficult but he remains optimistic that peace is possible," he said. "To enhance the chances for peace, all parties need to engage in creating an environment conducive to peace-making while affording the negotiators and facilitators the time and space they need to reach a deal."