In a meeting with British minister of state for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should recognize Palestine in a statement akin to the Balfour Declaration that led to the creation of Israel.
Accompanied by deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Jason Greenblatt, another of Mr Trump's hand-picked negotiators, Mr Kushner was due to hold talks later with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
White House adviser Jared Kushner and visiting USA officials have been snubbed by the Foreign Ministry in Cairo in apparent protest over a US cut in aid to Egypt.
"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". "They said they would consider it but then they didn't get back to me".
"The president is very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area", Kushner, who was tasked by Trump to help broker a peace deal, said in his response to Netanyahu.
"The relationship between Israel and America is stronger than ever, and we really thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for his leadership and his partnership".
For his part, Netanyahu said he has "a lot of things to talk about" and that the presence of the USA delegation denotes a "sign of the great alliance between us and the great goals that guide us".More news: Martial tips Man United team mate Pogba to win Ballon d'Or soon
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Kushner is beginning a push for peace talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
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.
Despite the administration's interest in restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority is once again talking about pursuing unilateral moves to achieve statehood. A spokesman for Abbas called the meeting "important and crucial".
Kushner and Greenblatt traveled to the Middle East previously this summer to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
If Netanyahu wanted to make concessions to the Palestinians as part of a peace process, he would need the support of center and left parties in the Israeli parliament.
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".