Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and other top US officials met with Blue and White Party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid on Monday for the first time, amid efforts by the politicians to cobble together a ruling coalition.
The sides discussed “the strong relationship and unbreakable alliance between the United States and Israel, and the ongoing developments in the Middle East,” the US Embassy said in a statement.
Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was joined by US Ambassador David Friedman, US Special Envoy Brian Hook and Deputy Assistant to the US President Avi Berkowitz.
Berkowitz recently took the reins of efforts to roll out the administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan from Jason Greenblatt, who is leaving the White House.
The meeting was the first between Blue and White’s leadership and senior US officials, and came days after Gantz was tasked by President Reuven Rivlin with forming a government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu having failed to put one together.