Americans provided no clarity on two-state solution or settlements — Abbas confidante

Israeli forces intervene to Palestinians with tear gas bomb as they gather to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque following the removal of Israeli security measures near the entrances to Al Aqsa Mosque Compund in Jerusalem

"We know that things are difficult and complicated, but there is no impossible for good efforts". He told the AP that the UAE has pledged to finance a $100 million electricity plant, to be built on the Egyptian side of the border, to help power Gaza.

The sentiment behind Nauert's remarks further appeared to reflect recognition that Israel's right-wing government doesn't support the widely coveted two-state solution.

Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, and Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser, are touring the region this week. Israel has allowed fuel and other shipments to pass from Egypt through the border crossing at Rafah, signaling tacit support. The US delegation's stops in the Gulf, Amman and Cairo before Israel and the West Bank "reflect an understanding that the circle of peacemaking has to be broadened and include the Arab states", he told The National. The governor of the state, Mark Dayton, called the mosque attack an "act of terrorism" and the FBI launched an investigation, but the US president refused to speak out against what happened.

"We provide backup assistance to them and attend meetings with them", said Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman. "We hope they can work together, live together for many years and have a much better life".

Kushner is expected to visit Israel Wednesday, where the delegation will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Miller was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations.

Trump took office speaking of an "ultimate deal" that could be struck between the Israelis and Palestinians. Mr Zomlot had hoped the US delegation would "publicly endorse a vision for a solution" during the trip, but the former US envoy to the peace process, Dennis Ross, had a more gloomy outlook.

Generally, participants have sought to tamp down expectations. This administration has failed to take a position.

We walked past a huge gold Minerva towards the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall - the limestone wall filled with signs of prayers and devout faith, a congregation of young and old praying and weeping, some with a Torah, others with prayerful notes. The president also initially promised to move the move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to the contested Jerusalem, while saying he could "live with either" a one or two-state solution, breaking with long-established U.S. foreign policy. Peace talks can be a gamble for a politician.

That ambiguity has angered the Palestinians.

Omar al-Ghoul, a Palestinian political analyst, said there was little optimism from the Palestinian leadership.

He added that the Palestinians call on permanent members of the UN Security Council to shoulder their responsibility to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. "Inside [Trump's] country, there is chaos in the administration". That is what keeps afloat the remaining shreds of Fatah's political street credibility.

Given these problems, Abbas may be as risk averse as Netanyahu, experts said.

Specifically, they are seeking a halt in Israeli settlement construction on occupied lands and an American commitment to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. So on both sides, there is not even a unified attempt to put on a happy face here, there's just a lot of pessimism.

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