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Trump's Middle East envoy to meet Benny Gantz

Benny Gantz
Benny Gantz. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images

Jason Greenblatt, President Trump's Middle East envoy, plans to meet next week with Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White Party that won this week's Israeli elections, Blue and White officials tell me.

Why it matters: This will be the first time a senior White House official meets Gantz since he entered politics a year ago, and the first recognition of Gantz as an important political player in Israel.

What they're saying: A statement from Gantz's office said the U.S. embassy asked to set a meeting between Greenblatt and Gantz in the next few days and that the meeting will be scheduled soon.

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