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  • Jared Kushner meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, June 21 2017.. (photo credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO)

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in Jerusalem on Friday. 

    Greenblatt and Kushner are expected to present the Prime Minister with details of the American-sponsored peace plan which aims to re-start a negotiation process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

    King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Kushner and Greenblatt on Tuesday and stressed the importance of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

    Abdullah said the "US has an important role" in any such future talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and that, in his view, the Palestinian state must include a section of Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital.

  • US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office at the White House as First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania look on. April 5, 2017. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

    AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s King Abdullah II set off for the United States on Thursday for talks with US President Donald Trump on Middle East issues including the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the palace said.

    Accompanied by his wife Rania, the monarch is also scheduled to meet with senior officials from the Trump administration and members of Congress, the palace said in a statement.

    His meeting with Trump is expected to take place at the White House on Monday.

    The White House said in a statement that they would “discuss issues of mutual concern, including terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working towards a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

  • Lockheed Martin's F-35A Lightning II fighter jet for the Israeli Air Force.

    Despite opposition from Congress, Turkey will receive its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets from the Pentagon's top weapons supplier on Thursday.

    Following a formal handoff ceremony at Lockheed Martin's F-35 facility in Fort Worth, Texas, the defense giant will ferry the aircraft to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona where Turkish pilots will begin training alongside U.S. airmen.

    The two fifth-generation jets are the first of what the NATO member and F-35 program partner hopes will be the start of a 100-strong fleet.

    However, both House and Senate versions of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act contain restrictions on Turkey's participation in the F-35 program due to Ankara's plan to buy Russia's advanced S-400 air defense system.

    On Tuesday, the Senate voted 85 to 10 to block the sale, citing the deal with the Russians as well as Turkey's continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was accused of spying and attempting to overthrow the government in 2016. He has denied all charges.

  • White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Wednesday with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia to discuss ongoing Middle East peace efforts.

    Kushner was joined by Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. The three men discussed increasing cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, facilitating humanitarian relief to Gaza, and brokering peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, according to a White House readout of the meeting.

    Kushner and Greenblatt, who have been tasked with crafting a Middle East peace plan, spoke with the King of Jordan on Tuesday about similar topics.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, Feb. 1 - Wall Street Journal

    China's government is using a multi-pronged strategy to systematically steal advanced American technology as part of economic aggression against the United States, according to a White House report.

    The report, based in part on declassified intelligence from the Pentagon and intelligence agencies, provides some of the first public details on China's industrial policies that have produced the world's second largest economy, often at the expense of American companies.

    "The Chinese state seeks to access the crown jewels of American technology and intellectual property," says the report, made public Tuesday night.

  • IDF Chief of Staff Eisenkot (Photo: Yair Sagi)

    'The IDF is working around the clock with the initiative and strength our enemies know well. We will continue targeting those who seek to harm us,' Eisenkot assures; 'We're prepared for any scenario, and it's best our enemies understand this now,' PM Netanyahu adds.

    IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot vowed Wednesday afternoon to return security to the residents of the south after the night before saw 45 rockets and mortar shells launched at Israel by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip. 

    "The IDF is working around the clock with the initiative and strength our enemies know well. We will continue targeting those who seek to harm us, and return the security to the residents of the south," Eisenkot said at an officers' course graduation ceremony. 

    "I'm convinced we will achieve this with wisdom, determination and soon," he added.

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