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.
- Until recently, the Trump administration had contact mainly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his office, maintaining communication with Gantz and his party through working-level embassy officials.
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.