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Trump allies meet with Netanyahu and other Israeli officials as pressure builds on prime minister

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Former national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Monday that he and two other Trump administration foreign policy officials have met with top Israeli government officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, during a three-day visit to Israel.


O’Brien confirmed the visit, first reported by Reuters, in an interview with NBC News.


O’Brien said that he was accompanied by John Rakolta, who was that U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and Ed McMullen, a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, and that they also met with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Additional discussions with Israeli officials are scheduled for Tuesday, he said.


All three remain close to former President Donald Trump, who is likely to be briefed on their trip. O’Brien declined to say whether he’d discussed the trip with Trump in advance but noted that he speaks with him regularly.