Jared Kushner meets PM Netanyahu, rival Benny Gantz in Israel

US President’s son-in-law and a senior advisor Jared Kushner met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz at the Prime Minister’s office and the US embassy in Jeruselum on Monday.

It was the first time that Gantz and Kushner have met as part of his trip to the region where he is scheduled to discuss his plan for brokering peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Kushner is accompanied by his close aide Avi Berkowitz and by Brian Hook, a State Department official who is mainly responsible for America’s Iran policy.

The meeting comes after Gantz was tasked with forming a governing coalition on Wednesday. Gantz was given the mandate by President Reuven Rivlin after Netanyahu announced that he failed to establish a coalition in the wake of September’s election.

In a recent interview given to an Israeli media outlet, US Ambassador to the country David Friedman said that the peace plan would be released shortly after a government was formed.

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