Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday met with USA presidential adviser Jared Kushner and told him that Palestinians "highly appreciate the efforts of President Trump, who announced from the outset that he will work on a historic peace deal".
Kushner later traveled to Ramallah where he met with Palestinain President Mahmound Abbas.
Kushner is accompanied by a delegation of White House officials including Dina Powell, the US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy to President Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, the US president's envoy on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Kushner also said "the relationship between Israel and America is stronger than ever and we really thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for his leadership and his partnership".
"In the intervening months, as the political circumstances of the leaders in the region have changed and frankly deteriorated from the point of view of their flexibility, and as President Trump's own standing has taken a beating because of his domestic controversies, I believe his leverage has diminished considerably".
"I do not think the American envoys are coming carrying anything - nothing at all", he told reporters.
"We have a lot of things to talk about, how to advance peace, stability and security in our region, prosperity too", Netanyahu said, standing next to Kushner.
The administration has been hoping that there is an opportunity here because some of those Arab countries are beginning to find some shared interests with Israel, and maybe they could offer incentives to Israel to help push Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Demonstrators protested before the US delegation's meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday.
Earlier this week, officials in Ramallah told The Media Line that the PA will resume its campaign to gather unilateral indices of statehood recognition at United Nations agencies and other worldwide fora despite the belief shared by the USA and Israel that such unilateral action is harmful to the quest for peace. A spokesman for Abbas called the meeting "important and crucial". I mean, why are you so loath to say - to commit yourself - to recommit yourself to the two-state solution?
Netanyahu instructed police in October 2015 to bar lawmakers from visiting the site in the Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, which houses the al-Aqsa Mosque complex. "So we leave it up to them to be able to work that through". "We will not deal with marginal issues".
But since taking office, Trump decided not to move the embassy and has urged Israel to restrain settlement construction.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told the Voice of Palestine radio station on Thursday that the Palestinians would be seeking "clear answers" from Kushner on settlements and independence.