Daniel Shapiro, who served as US ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, echoed the dim outlook and noted another problem - the deep-seated mistrust between Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
President Donald Trump's two top Middle East advisers have quietly crisscrossed the region all week, stopping in five countries in an effort to drum up support for their still-secret proposal to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to unconfirmed reports in several Arab media outlets, Egypt and Jordan have expressed strong reservations about the proposed peace plan.
Kushner spoke in an interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem. "They further discussed the continued commitment of the Trump Administration and Israel to advance peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians", it said.
However, so long as the Palestinian leadership is effectively boycotting the Trump Administration, there is little hope of the peace process moving forward, for better or for worse. It is also odd that Gaza was left to rotten in the face of crippling blockade by Israel and Egypt after 2007 takeover of the territory by Hamas.
He said his wife was "very sorry" she was not able to join him on the trip so soon after the April birth of their son, Louis.
Kushner makes no mention of Israeli settlements, the Trump administration's decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, or the 61 Palestinians in Gaza who Israeli forces killed that day for peacefully protesting.
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Although it is privately owned, Al-Quds regularly serves as a mouthpiece for the Palestinian Authority.
"President Abbas says that he is committed to peace and I have no reason not to believe him", Kusnher said.
"I question President Abbas' ability, or desire, to finish the deal". He has the same talking points that haven't changed in the past 25 years.
"What Kushner did is outrageous and totally unacceptable", a senior Palestinian official in Ramallah told the Post. Palestinian leaders will be listening closely to see how the Prince addresses their aspirations.
The official described Kushner's direct appeal to the Palestinian public as a "desperate attempt by a frustrated merchant to convince people to purchase his goods".
Kushner represented the White House at the grand opening of the newly-inaugurated US Embassy in Jerusalem in March, which saw fierce clashes between the Israeli military and Palestinian protesters that left over 100 people dead and thousands injured.
The mere fact that the team is led by Jared Kushner, son-in-law of the US President is itself manifestation of a clear tilt towards Israel, notwithstanding claims of the Kushner that they were in the region to talk about humanitarian crisis in Gaza and facilitate peace between Palestinians and Israelis.