October 17, 2019 / 7:53 PM / a month ago

Trump envoy Jared Kushner to lead U.S. delegation to Israel

FILE PHOTO: White House senior advisor Jared Kushner is seen during U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Otay Mesa, California, U.S. September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will lead a U.S. delegation to Israel at the end of the month to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz, a senior administration official said on Thursday.

Kushner has been leading President Donald Trump’s effort to develop a peace plan for Israelis and Palestinians.

After proposing a $60 billion aid package for the region last summer, he has yet to unveil a proposed political plan that gets at the thorniest issues in the decades-old conflict, with Netanyahu struggling to form a governing coalition.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kushner would travel with his two main deputies, Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook, to meet Netanyahu and Gantz.

They are not expected to release the political plan but want to get a sense of coalition building and where the effort stands, the official said.

While in the region Kushner will also attend an economic conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the official said.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Tom Brown

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