Israel, Arab countries take part in White House summit on Gaza crisis

Jared Kushner helped organize the summit. Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Representatives from more than 20 countries and international organizations met today for more than six hours at the White House and discussed the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The participants included Israel and six Arab countries, the majority of which have no diplomatic relations with Israel.

Senior U.S. officials said all the participants agreed that the humanitarian and economic crisis in Gaza requires immediate action from the international community. They added that, "fixing Gaza is critical for any future peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians".