Sullivan flew to Riyadh before Israel trip, met with crown prince on peace efforts

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

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed “efforts to create new conditions for an enduring and sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians” with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh yesterday, the White House says.

Sullivan quietly flew to Saudi Arabia before his trip to Israel, as the Biden administration works to engage Arab allies regarding its postwar plans for Gaza.

The US has said it still plans to try and broker a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia after the war, but US and Arab officials have told The Times of Israel that the Palestinian component of such a deal will now likely be much more significant.

Sullivan and MBS also “discussed the humanitarian response in Gaza, including efforts to increase the flow of critical aid,” the White House readout says.

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