Netanyahu confidant Dermer, Jake Sullivan discuss Gaza war, hostages at White House meeting

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90/ File)
Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90/ File)

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer met with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan earlier today at the White House, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says.

The pair discussed the ongoing war in Gaza, efforts to increase humanitarian assistance for Palestinians in the Strip and negotiations to secure the release of the remaining 136 hostages in Gaza, Kirby says.

The meeting comes on the tail of sit-downs Sullivan has held over the past day with the families of several American hostages, along with the prime minister of Qatar, one of the main mediators between Israel and Hamas.

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