Biden Administration’s Top Representative to Meet with Palestinian President Abbas on Friday

US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan will visit Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Friday, according to a US official. The official said Sullivan would discuss ongoing efforts to revamp and revitalize the Palestinian Authority and holding extremist settlers accountable for violence against Palestinians. Sullivan emphasized the need to connect governance of the West Bank and Gaza Strip under a refurbished Palestinian Authority. He also discussed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about transitioning from high-intensity military operations in Gaza to a more precise and targeted phase. The White House said Sullivan’s talks in the region had also been focused on resuming a humanitarian pause in fighting to allow for the release of more hostages held in Gaza. Palestinians have complained of a rise in Israeli settler attacks in the West Bank.