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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat at the White House, April 15 2019

Top security officials from the United States and Russia will convene together with Israel’s National Security Adviser in Jerusalem in June to discuss “regional security issues,” the White House announced Wednesday.

The meeting is expected to focus on the threat faced by Israel from Iranian entrenchment in Syria, and the added impact of the expected withdrawal of U.S. troops from that area.

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“In June, United States National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will meet in Jerusalem to discuss regional security issues,” said the White House press secretary.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in response to the White House statement that he proposed to President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to “form a U.S.-Russia-Israel trilateral committee that would meet in Jerusalem to discuss the security situation in the Middle East and both of them agreed.

“This is unprecedented,” Netanyahu added. “A meeting like this has never taken place before in Israel. Never.”

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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.