Author: DANIEL K. EISENBUD
Posted on March 26, 2017
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Friday met with US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Jason Greenblatt, at the White House.
While details of the meeting were not disclosed, Barkat’s spokesperson said the mayor and Greenblatt “discussed Jerusalem issues.”
Prior to being appointed to his present role, Greenblatt was the executive vice president and chief legal officer at the Trump Organization.
Barkat has been an outspoken advocate for relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While Trump strongly supported the move during his campaign, he has since distanced himself from the matter.
In a brief statement, Barkat praised Greenblatt for being a true friend of the capital who is “important to strengthening Jerusalem.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Greenblatt earlier this month to discuss settlement construction policy and other matters pertaining to the Palestinian conflict.
During that meeting, Netanyahu stressed that the policy will be one that “will be acceptable to us as well, not just to the American side.”
He also referred to his commitment to the former residents of the Amona outpost, which was evacuated in January after the government and the residents of the settlement failed to reach an agreement.