Jared Kushner was snubbed by Egypt's foreign minister

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A United States delegation headed by senior advisor to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner arrived in Cairo for a brief visit to discuss bilateral ties and developments in the Middle East with Egyptian officials, Egypt's official news agency MENA said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday evening that meetings with a high-level delegation of U.S. officials earlier in the day were "helpful and meaningful".

Senior advisor Jared Kushner, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell, who arrived in Israel Wednesday evening, were joined by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

The two sides affirmed their commitment to strengthening their close ties and cooperation and agreed to support efforts to achieve a true and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and to consolidate security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East.

"In that situation, politically, domestically, and I would say personally, with all the problems that [Netanyahu] has back home, it's nearly impossible to create new plans and new ideas", said Yoaz Hendel, chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies, a conservative Israeli think tank.

Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, said: "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".

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"The relationship between Israel and America is stronger than ever and we really thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for his leadership and his partnership", Kushner added.

The meeting Thursday afternoon is part of a visit to the region by the USA diplomats.

-Israeli regional goals hold little indication that the Trump administration is prepared to support the call from a majority of Palestinians that their state, peace and security be officially recognized by the USA government.

Kushner, the 36-year-old commercial real estate magnate whose marriage to Trump's eldest daughter has thrust the otherwise inexperienced diplomat into the center of USA foreign relations, now wields a hefty foreign affairs portfolio in the Trump administration. I mean, why are you so loath to say - to commit yourself - to recommit yourself to the two-state solution? "That's why we will ask them whether they have answers about the basic issues".

"If Trump is really interested in the ultimate deal as he calls it, he needs to be tougher on Israel on the issue of settlements", Ms Ben-Nun said. Said, you want to talk about Israel? Yet the Trump administration, after seven months of efforts on the Israeli-Palestinian front, still hasn't explicitly expressed any support for this solution in particular, one that the previous three American administrations were all committed to.

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