Trump Envoy Greenblatt to Arrive in Israel Thursday Ahead of President's Visit

Greenblatt will meet with senior officials in Jerusalem and Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Trump's envoy Jason Greenblatt in Ramallah, West Bank, March 14, 2017.
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Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, will arrive in Israel on Thursday, ahead of Trump's visit next week.

Greenblatt will meet with senior officials in Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem and with Secretary General of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat and Director of Palestinian General Intelligence Majid Faraj in Ramallah.

This will be Greenblatt's second visit to Israel since being appointed by Trump.

In these preparatory talks, the American envoy is expected to discuss confidence building measures the U.S. expects both sides to take in order to improve the atmosphere. Greenblatt will also likely update the sides as to the main messages Trump intends to include in his speech during his visit. A senior Israeli official stated that at this point no three-way meeting between Netanyahu, Abbas and Trump is planned during this visit.

On Sunday, Netanyahu will bring a package of economic-civil measures concerning the West Bank and Gaza to a vote in the Security Cabinet. Among these measures is included the opening of the Allenby Border Crossing allowing the movement of Palestinians to and from Jordan 24-hours a day and the upgrading of checkpoint crossings between the West Bank and Israel.