Jared Kushner's return to Israel this week ramps up White House efforts to broker a peace deal, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gauges what he needs to give Palestinians to bring ties with the broader Arab world out of the shadows, diplomats and Israeli government aides said.
Along with Kushner, special envoy Greenblatt has already visited Israel and the West Bank several times.
Last December, the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution declaring all Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank illegal under global law.
The new settlement, dubbed "Amichai", marks the first time an Israeli government has chose to build a new town in the West Bank since the mid-1990s.
The White House said on Sunday that Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, would arrive in Israel on Wednesday.
U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov made the assessment in his second quarterly report to the 15-member council on the implementation of a December 23 resolution adopted with 14 votes in favor and a USA abstention.
While Israel has continued to expand existing settlement blocs, no new settlements have been built since the 1993 Oslo peace accords, which were meant to lay the framework for a future two-state solution. The envoys arrived in Israel to promote the peace process.
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Once on the ground, Kushner immediately paid a condolence visit to the family of a young female Israeli police officer who was killed by Palestinian attackers over the weekend near Jerusalem's Old City.
Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, his lead global negotiator, will meet with leaders from both sides after accompanying Trump on his visit to the region last month. "They have had to deal with crippling Israeli closures, Palestinian divisions and have lived through three devastating conflicts".
Amichai, previously known as Geulat Zion, will be constructed on an hilltop about 2.5km (1.5 miles) east of the settlement of Shilo, which is close to the site of Amona.
But after Abbas announced he would no longer pay, the Israel Electric Corporation said power supply would "effectively be reduced on two lines out of 10 every day, until the reduction applies to all 10 lines".
Even before his meetings, Kushner faced a new crisis. It's an "attempt to undermine the efforts of the American administration".
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday urged the Security Council to set its sights on Hamas and any country that gives support to the Gaza terrorist group. In that period, some 251 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.