Abbas Sunday questioned America's ability to successfully facilitate peace negotiations in light of "chaos" within the Trump administration, and called on the White House to clarify its policies on a two-state solution as well as Jewish homes constructed in the disputed territories.
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".
According to those sources, U.S. officials are trying to engage the Palestinians into comprehensive understandings, rather than dealing separately with the Palestinian Cause. It is his third trip there in the role of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaker.
Kushner embarks on his mission at a time when Gulf nations are embroiled in an unprecedented spat and Palestinians are voicing doubts about the White House's ability to broker a deal amid its own turmoil, capped by the recent ousting of chief strategist Stephen Bannon. Parallel movement, I think, is the way to go.
Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Abbas's Fatah party, said they would be demanding a clear commitment from Kushner and Greenblatt to an independent Palestinian state.
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In a statement, the Egyptian president's office said Kushner's team stressed that its visit in the Mideast aims to develop a specific vision for resuming peace talks so, quote, "real and tangible progress can be achieved".
Trump aides have held a series of meetings with both sides, portraying them as hearing out concerns before deciding on a way forward, while the United States president himself visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in May.
"If we don't know where we are heading, if we don't know what the end game is, then we are in a desert without a map", said Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior adviser to Abbas. "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".
The US delegation's visit to the region comes as Palestinian figures have become more vocal in expressing disappointment in Washington's unclear approach to peace efforts so far.
Three months later, Netanyahu and Abbas face different political realities, and Trump's ability to jump-start negotiations may be dwindling.
"So I am happy to see you and the effort you're leading on behalf of the [US] President [Donald Trump] with Jason [Greenblatt] and other members of your team", the prime minister said.
The White House delegation was sent by Trump in order to advance the renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
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