Senior Trump adviser arrives in Cairo for two-day visit

That effort has been further complicated by domestic troubles for Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"This new administration has been very disappointing, and Palestinians do not see any hope", said Ghassan Khatib, a former Palestinian Authority cabinet member and a political science lecturer at Bir Zeit University outside Ramallah. "How to advance peace, stability and security in our region - prosperity too - and I think all of them are within our reach".

Kushner was appointed to help broker a deal between Israel and the Palestinians after Trump took office.

Seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces after the clashes turned bloody after Friday prayer protests outside the Old city in East Jerusalem.

Their comments came ahead of talks on Thursday with Trump aides, including a special representative for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt and the president's son-in-law and Middle East envoy Jared Kushner.

A government statement says the American delegation will still meet with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

These troubles will also weigh on Abbas if he is forced into making concessions to Israel.

Netanyahu, under criminal investigation for bribery and breach of trust, has shifted sharply to the right to solidify support among his voter base.

Trump has said he would accept any solution that would resolve the conflict. He also slammed "the left and the media", accusing them of trying to carry out a government coup. In an op-ed entitled "The never-ending peace process farce", Liebler says Abbas real goal is the destruction of the Jewish state.

This is particularly interesting in light of the recent statements by the Palestinian Authority ahead of the U.S. delegation's visit to the region, demanding the USA clarify and confirm its endorsement of the two-state solution.

Setting preconditions for talks, the PA will give the U.S. negotiating team, arriving this week in the Middle East in an attempt to revive the peace process, 45 days to support their terms for a two-state solution. "It has to be workable to both sides". And I think, really, that's the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it.

He said it was an option under consideration because "the American administration has not presented any initiative until now, while the Israelis continue with their settlement activities and refuse to abide by obligations they signed up to". "Since the Trump administration came to power, we've seen the advancement of thousands of housing units through plans and tenders". Palestinian officials are losing patience with talks about talks.

Trump himself visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in May.

"Trump's finding out he's no different from other presidents", Rynhold said. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is also meeting with the prime minister.

Trump has described peace between Israelis and Palestinians as "the ultimate deal" - and added a new wrinkle last February by saying he was not fixed on two states co-existing side by side as a solution to their dispute. And if Trump pressures both leaders to come to the negotiating table, they may find it hard to refuse.

  • Eleanor Harrison