Readout between Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, Dina Powell, and Former Ambassador Friedman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

On August 24, 2017, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his senior advisors.

The meeting continued the dialogue on advancing President Donald J. Trump’s goal of a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The two sides agreed that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between those two parties and discussed substantive issues and the best way to start talks.

Both the Americans and the Israelis acknowledged that the meeting was an important step, but that forging a lasting peace will take time.

The United States delegation encouraged Israel to create an environment conducive to peacemaking, including by working with the Palestinians on projects of mutual interest and benefit.  Kushner, Greenblatt, Powell, and Friedman noted that the United States will continue to work closely with the Israelis and the Palestinians as they progress toward their goal of an enduring resolution to their conflict.