Watch: Netanyahu meets Kushner and Greenblatt in Jerusalem to discuss Trump plan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem with senior US Presidential advisor Jared Kushner and US envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt. Also attending the meeting were US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.
Kushner and US special envoy Jason Greenblatt stopped in Israel as part of a Middle East tour to rally support for next month’s economic conference in Bahrain, which the White House bills as the first portion of its peace plan.
In brief joint remarks, Kushner told Netanyahu “we appreciate all of your efforts to strengthen the relationship between our two countries.”
“It’s never been stronger, and we’re very excited about all the potential that lies ahead for Israel, for the relationship and for the whole region,” Kushner added.
Netanyahu, playing down concerns that the Israeli parliament’s dramatic dissolution Thursday would further postpone the US plan rollout, said, “you know, we had a little event last night. That’s not going to stop us.”
In addition to Israeli political obstacles, the Palestinian Authority leadership has rejected the peace plan without seeing it.
The United States is expected to roll out the economic aspects of the peace plan at a conference in Bahrain on June 25-26, but PA leaders say they will not attend.
Kushner next travels to Montreux, Switzerland, and London, where he will be part of Trump’s entourage during a visit there.
Separately, the White House announced US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev will meet in Jerusalem in June. Those talks are likely to focus on Iran.