Meeting at White House to discuss new Israeli government

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Vice President Joe Biden visit to Israel March 2016 Meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Assessment: The only thing worse than a new Netanyahu- led government to secular progressives is two religious cabinet members unafraid of Blinken and Biden. This should be quite a show …

A high-level meeting was held at the White House last week lo discuss policy towards the new government in Israel, including the question of whether or not to hold talks with certain ministers from the ‘extreme right,’ Barak Ravid reported for Walla.

According to the report, this is the first meeting on the subject, which was held as part of a National Security Council forum, of which senior representatives from the State Department, the Defense Department and the American intelligence organizations are members.

A narrow government with Ben Gvir and Smotrich threatens US-Israel ties | The Times of Israel(left to right: Ben Gvir, PM Netanyahu, Bezalel Smotrich)

The group discussed the possibility of creating plans of action with the new government and setting an agenda for dealing with designated ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the left-wing pro-Israel lobby J Street’s annual conference, stating: “We will object to any move to annex the West Bank. We have to allow the Palestinian youth to at least imagine a better future.”