US Delegation Told Abbas That Settlement Freeze Would Topple Netanyahu's Government

Asked if the US delegation demanded an end to the payments of the families of Palestinian terrorists and their families, Aloul answered, "Not only this, President Trump has interfered in much smaller issues like what's published on certain sites". "Both sides agreed to continue with the US-led conversations as the best way to reach a comprehensive peace deal".

In contrast, the Al-Monitor news site reported Friday that Abbas came away from the meeting pleased with Trump's commitment to the peace process. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also struck a positive tone in public comments a day earlier, after meeting in Ramallah with Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.

However, the White House is yet to lay out a framework for negotiations following multiple meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. "We know that things are hard and complicated, but there is nothing impossible with good efforts".

"Today we understood more than ever that President Trump is indeed engaged [in the diplomatic process], he knows what his team is working on and what they are talking about, and he also found time despite the mess he is in to convey messages to Abbas", an unnamed Palestinian source told Al-Monitor.

Trump is "very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in the area", Kushner said ahead of his meeting with Netanyahu, which took place earlier Thursdayy. Gen. Majid Faraj, and Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh.

Sources claim that Kushner explained to the Palestinians why freezing the construction in the settlements as a prerequisite is not possible, claiming it will harm Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Chairman Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh, issued his own statement, saying, "President Abbas's meeting with the U.S. delegation was constructive, deep and positive, and all issues of common interest were seriously addressed".

"President Trump has made it clear that it is a top priority for him to work toward achieving a comprehensive and lasting peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians", a United States official said.

"While Netanyahu keeps putting up obstacles to avoid getting to the negotiating table for fear that his government will collapse, Abbas wants to move forward because he is under growing domestic pressure", he said.

Abbas reportedly told Kushner that he'd work together with the Trump Administration to find a solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also slated to meet Trump on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meet in NY next month.

Should Kushner and his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, fail to strong-arm the Israelis back in line, the Palestinians said they would "turn to an alternative plan on which they have been working for the past two years".