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Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz

Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has confirmed Israel will attend the U.S.-led economic conference to be hosted later this month in Manama by the government of Bahrain.

Speaking at The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on Sunday, Katz said, “Israel has a key role to play in this process. Israel, with its experience and capabilities, can participate in these efforts and contribute in different fields of interest, among them modern technology, energy, innovation – and even transportation.”


It is not yet clear who will represent Israel at the conference, although Katz met with U.S. Special Representative to International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt on Friday to discuss that and other issues.

According to Israeli media, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon may represent Israel at the “Peace to Prosperity” conference at which senior White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner will reportedly unveil the economic centerpiece of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan.

Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United Nations have all confirmed their intention to attend the conference, set for June 25-26.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.