Trump to dispatch team to work on Israel-Palestinian peace

Trump to send envoys to Middle East to discuss peace official

Led by senior White House adviser (and presidential son-in-law) Jared Kushner, the delegation will include Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason D. Greenblatt, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell.

"He believes that the restoration of calm and the stabilized situation in Jerusalem after the recent crisis on the Temple Mount-Haram al Sharif has created an opportunity to continue discussions and the pursuit of peace that began early in his administration", it said.

Trump also requested that the upcoming trip focuses on topics such as the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the economic steps that can be taken both now and after a peace deal is signed to ensure security, stability and prosperity for the region, and to combating extremism and easing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

To explore that opportunity, it said departing "soon" for the region will be Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner; his envoy for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt; and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. The three are to meet leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority "about how best to support the peace effort", it said.

After the incident, metal detectors were put in place around the Al Aqsa mosque, considered the third holiest site to Muslims, enraging Palestinian worshipers who refused to enter, inspiring mass protests and violent clashes that killed five Palestinian youths.

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Madsen told authorities he had dropped Wall off on an island in Copenhagen's harbour a few hours into their Thursday night trip. Police said the submarine was on the seabed in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen, at a depth of seven meters.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli government.

Despite the recent crisis, President Trump has reiterated that while reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will be hard, he "remains optimistic that peace is possible".

The official also noted that Trump reaffirms the process can only be directly negotiated between the two parties, but the United States will continue to work closely with them.

Greenblatt tweeted shortly following the White House announcement confirming the visit saying that he looked forward to returning to the Middle East, adding that the President is "optimistic".

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