Even Trump looked somewhat uncomfortable during the ordeal.
"It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe, not as hard as people have thought over the years", Trump said last month during a meeting with Abbas.
The Trump administration rejected a request from the Palestinians to push for an Israeli settlement freeze, but promised to sort out the issue during peace negotiations, according to the official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity. Kushner also has longstanding relationships with two major Israeli banks that have been investigated by USA authorities for allegedly helping wealthy clients evade US taxes.
Iran must also "cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias", Mr Trump said at President Rivlin's residence. "I can live with either one".
When he met Abbas earlier this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of US policy.
"But we need two willing parties", he said then. I think this is the real test.
As the Netanyahus strode along holding hands, as they often do, Trump, walking alongside them, reached out to grasp the First Lady's hand, but video circulated on Twitter appeared to show Melania Trump briefly flicking his hand away. And it leaves open a slew of questions that Trump may be pressed to address while he is in Israel and in the West Bank. Shop owners in east Jerusalem also closed their stores in solidarity.
"There are a number of elements that have presented challenges to the peace process in the past, settlements is clearly one of those", he said.
Netanyahu, invoking Abraham Lincoln's desire to visit what he called "the eternal capital of the Jewish people, said, "There's no city on Earth where you are more welcome than right here with us in Jerusalem".
Moving the embassy had been a campaign promise of Trump's going back to the Republican primary campaign.
President Trump on Monday became the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, which is considered Judaism's holiest site.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer sought to clarify the US official's comment, saying it does not reflect American policy and that "the Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith".
Arriving from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among US allies in the Middle East. Israel was his second stop on a nine-day tour aimed to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer would only say the West Wall is in Jerusalem, without clarifying whether the administration believes the Western Wall is in Israel.
He stood for long seconds at the Jews' holiest place of prayer, part of the retaining walls of the Second Temple, while the stills photographers snapped.
During his presidential campaign, Trump advocated breaking with decades of precedent and moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, deeply alarming Palestinians.
The US president has been widely seen as considerably more supportive of Israel than his predecessor, Barack Obama.