Sullivan meets with Herzog in Jerusalem to discuss ongoing efforts to free hostages

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, left, meets with President Isaac Herzog at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, May 19, 2024.(David Azagury/US Embassy Jerusalem)
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, left, meets with President Isaac Herzog at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, May 19, 2024.(David Azagury/US Embassy Jerusalem)

President Isaac Herzog and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discuss ongoing efforts to see the return of hostages in Gaza, a source close to the president tells The Times of Israel.

Herzog stresses the importance of the issue during their Jerusalem meeting, says the source.

He also underscores “the importance of the contribution of the UAE and Cyprus to the maritime channel delivering civilian aid to the population of Gaza,” according to the source.

The meeting lasted a half hour.

The source declines to comment on whether the two discussed Rafah or Saudi-Israel normalization.

Herzog’s office will not be issuing a readout of the meeting.

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