June 23, 2017
Does Trump Get the Israel-Arab Problem?
Following high-level meetings with foreign leaders, the U.S. State Department issues a "readout," an official statement to cover and characterize the event. This week, Jared Kushner, assistant to the president, and Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international negotiations, met with Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. At the first meeting, they were accompanied by U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, at the second by consul general in Jerusalem Don Bome. The language was precisely the same in both readouts – with the exception of a single sentence modified in each – and included affirmation of "their commitment to advancing President Trump's goal of a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that enhances stability in the region." The exception was: "The three officials discussed Israel's priorities and potential next steps...(Read Full Article)