President Trump heads to Israel in pursuit of the 'ultimate deal'

Posted at 7:47 PM, May 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-21 19:47:49-04

President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the "ultimate deal."

But he'll arrive in Israel on Monday having offered few indications of how he plans to achieve what so many other American presidents could not.

Trump has handed son-in-law Jared Kushner and longtime business lawyer Jason Greenblatt the assignment of charting the course toward a peace process. The White House-driven effort is a sharp shift from the practice of U.S. previous administrations that typically gave secretaries of state those reins.

Kushner and Greenblatt were to accompany Trump on his two-day visit, set to begin Monday and include separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.