US envoy meets Israel’s embattled PM to discuss peace plan

The U.S. envoy to the Middle East met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, days after elections that left the Israeli leader’s political future in doubt.

Netanyahu suffered an apparent setback when he and his allies failed to secure enough seats for a narrow, right-wing majority coalition. The centrist Blue and White party, which won the most seats, has demanded that Netanyahu step aside to address his expected indictment on a series of corruption charges.

Netanyahu met with Jason Greenblatt, the architect of the Trump administration’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan, which has prompted widespread skepticism. The Palestinians have already rejected the plan, saying the White House is tethered to Israel’s right-wing government. Greenblatt announced earlier this month that he would be leaving the administration in the coming weeks.

Neither Netanyahu nor Greenblatt delivered public remarks. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, also attended the meeting.