Mar. 13, 2018
• While Palestinians boycotted the White House gathering for assisting Gaza, Israeli officials found themselves directly discussing the situation with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, the Jerusalem Postexplains the significance:
The summit on Gaza, called by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, and Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, marks an unprecedented moment for Israeli diplomacy, as their dialogue with officials from Arab states is publicly recognized for the first time.
Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Canada and several European states also attended. The Jerusalem Post adds in a separate report that US officials “could not vouch for whether the Israelis and any particular Arab delegations held talks separate from the formal session on the sidelines.”