In his first comment on Israel’s political crisis, US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was sorry to see Israel forced into an election rerun, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition. “It’s too bad what happened in Israel,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. “It looked like a total win for Netanyahu,” he said, praising the Israeli leader as a “great guy.” “They’re back in the election stage. That is too bad.”
On Thursday morning, Netanyahu saw the Trump’s peace team led by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt in his office in Jerusalem for talks about the forthcoming Bahrain conference on the economic side of the Trump peace plan. The team, which arrived in Israel from talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman plans to travel next to Rabat to meet the King of Morocco.