Kushner arrives to try for Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough

The Amichai settlement, in the northern West Bank, will house some 300 settlers evicted in February from the Amona outpost after Israel's Supreme Court ruled their homes had been built illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land. He appears to have backtracked since.

It comes as US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, as well as son-in-law and aide Jared Kushner, arrived in the region for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Regardless of whether a state chooses to support Israel or Palestine, "pitting the two sides against each other is only strengthening the terrorists", she said.

An Israeli military official said this decision is also an attempt to hurt Fatah - a political faction that dominates the Palestinian Authority - as the group claimed the Palestinian assailants were innocent, although the attack is believed to be an attempt to incite terrorism. Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said.

In Israel, Kushner will be joining Jason Greenblatt, the White House's special envoy, for meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister to build a new community", he said.

Kushner visited the mourning family of Border Police officer Staff Sgt-Maj.

The bulldozer's driver, a kippah-wearing Israeli who said he was from a settlement in the southern West Bank, said they were laying the foundations for two new roads that would lead to the new settlement.

According to reports, Kushner conveyed Trump's personal condolences to the Malka family and asked to be briefed on the visit afterwards.

The figures do not include Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem which the Jewish state considers an integral part of its "indivisible capital". "The real question here is will the administration of Trump tell Israel that it is enough and they have to stop immediately all settlement activities, or they will accept this Israeli provocation?"

Israel is enduring a wave of Palestinian attacks on civilians and security forces that erupted in 2015.

Thirty-eight Israelis, two American tourists and a British student have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. They live alongside some 3 million Palestinians. The state-run Israel Electricity Corporation confirmed it had diminished power supplies "in accordance with a government directive".

  • Leroy Wright