Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid on Wednesday met with American diplomat Robert Malley, to discuss Lapid's idea for a general summit of regional countries to discuss the Israel-Arab conflict. Malley is Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region.
Lapid told Malley that the bilateral Israel-Palestinian Authority channel had “failed,” and that involving all countries in the region was the only alternative. Such a summit, he added, would also help develop a regional coalition of the Sunni states near Israel against Iran, which, Lapid said, both Israel and its Arab neighbors were “very worried about,” because of its aggressive pursuit of its nuclear program.
Malley, who had worked for U.S. President Barack H. Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign, was fired after it was revealed he had met with Hamas terrorists. He then went to work for the private sector, with Obama recently hiring him for the Special Assistant's job.
While Lapid does not agree with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on negotiations, Lapid told Malley, he is a full Netanyahu supporter when it comes to fighting the boycott of Israel by governments and groups. “In this war there is no right or left, or government and opposition,” said Lapid. “We are all engaged in this important battle.”