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>> Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, has arrived in Jerusalem to launch what may be the beginning of a new round of peace efforts. I'm Luke Baker, the Bureau Chief of Reuters in Jerusalem. Jared Kushner, the 36-year-old whose past experience is mostly in real estate development, he's going to met today with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
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And will travel this evening to visit Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. It seems that Jared Kushner's main aim is to familiarize himself with the key players. Netanyahu himself has pointed out that he's known Jared Kushner since he was a child. But Kushner is not accustomed to international diplomacy.
00:00:39
He has no track record in building international peace negotiations. In some respects, both the Israelis and the Palestinians now feel that Trump is turning a new leaf, he's a breath of fresh air, he has a very different approach. Perhaps less well informed about the issues around the conflict, but he's sort of keeping an open mind and both sides at this point are saying, they welcome that approach.
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Well, what the Trump administration has said so far is that it doesn't want to get bogged down in the whole process over years and years. What they've said is that they really want to dive right in and tackle the critical issues. Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, water security, border security, borders, and mutual recognition.
00:01:19
These are all pretty thorny issues. But, it is a way of immediately sticking your hands deep into the issues, rather than going through the process of talking about talks for a long time. For the last two decades, the ambition, the goal of US diplomacy has really been a two-state solution.
00:01:34
But since he came into office, Trump has really opened Pandora's box on that. He said he doesn't mind whether there's a two-state solution or one state solution. He said whichever solution both sides prefer. So really this issue of whether the ultimate goal is a two-state solution is a little bit influx which overturns so much orthodoxy in the whole peace process efforts of the last 20 years.
00:01:57
And that could be an opportunity. It could also be something that really bankrupts the talks from the very beginning.