An important meeting took place at the White House yesterday, as, after weeks of long telephonic conversations, the Trump administration succeeded in bringing Arab and Israeli diplomats at the same table. While initially all said that they could not be in the same room with each other, the White House finally succeeded on Tuesday as national security officials and negotiators from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain sat down together to discuss the ongoing peace efforts in the Middle East, more particularly peace between Israelis and Palestinians. While the Trump administration has been planning the meeting over several weeks but released the list of attendees only in the morning of the summit, which also included officials from Egypt, Jordan, Canada and various governments of Europe. However, no officials from Palestinian Authority (PA) were present.
Trump’s team was led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser leading the administration’s peace process, and Jason Greenblatt, the US special representative for international negotiations.