Israeli PM Netanyahu Meets With Jared Kushner & Envoy Jason Greenblatt After Failing to Form a Government Coalition

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, and US Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Thursday.

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer were also present.

The meeting was held a day after Israel was thrown into unprecedented political chaos. Netanyahu was unable to resolve divisions among the right-wing Knesset parties and failed to form a government coalition by a Wednesday night deadline. Instead, the Knesset voted to dissolve itself and schedule a national election on Sept. 17. It will be the first time the country goes to the polls twice in the same year.

Despite the turmoil, Netanyahu said he is still committed to working with the United States.

“We had a little event last night. That’s not going to stop us. We’re going to continue working together. We had a great, productive meeting, which reaffirms that the alliance between the United States of America and Israel has never been stronger, and it’s going to get even stronger.”