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Jake Sullivan arrives in Israel as Netanyahu's government faces crisis

The US national security adviser's visit comes as the Biden administration seeks clarity on the Netanyahu government's intentions toward the Palestinians and in the middle of an internal crisis.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House December 12, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — US national security adviser Jake Sullivan arrived in Israel on Wednesday and started meetings with senior officials, just as the country's top court ruled Wednesday that Aryeh Deri, a Cabinet member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly formed government, cannot serve as minister due to a recent tax evasion conviction.

Sullivan's visit is expected to focus on threats posed by Iran and efforts to expand normalization between Arab states and Israel, White House National Security Council coordinator John Kirby told reporters during a press briefing. 

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