CIA director makes unannounced visit to Israel for meeting with Netanyahu

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

CIA Director Willian Burns is in Israel ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an Israeli official tells The Times of Israel, confirming a Ynet report earlier

Netanyahu refused to send a delegation to Cairo today to meet with Burns and senior officials from Egypt in Qatar in an attempt to craft a hostage deal with Hamas.

The Israeli official declines to comment on who else will be joining the meeting on the Israeli side.

Later in the evening, Israel’s war cabinet will convene, followed by the security cabinet.

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