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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is exploring new approaches for easing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that build on talks with a budding Sunni Arab coalition of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan. Jared Kushner, the White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law, visited the leaders of all four countries during his Middle East trip this week. The group came away hopeful that the new generation of Arab leaders is a potential "game-changer," said a senior administration official.A first step in the new Palestinian strategy involves Gaza, which under Hamas has been Israel's most implacable adversary. The moderate Sunni coalition has tried to pull Hamas closer to Egypt and the UAE, and increase Hamas' distance from Qatar, which for years has been a major financial backer. Trump's unusually close relations with both Israel and the Gulf Arabs are part of this strategy.Jordan's King Abdullah and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi already have extensive, friendly relations with Israel.It must be said: The opportunities for trade, investment and security cooperation between Israel and the Arabs have never been greater.
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