Former Israeli prime minister Peter Bogdani, who served in the government under the coalition governments that took power after the Six Day War in 1967, will be returning to Israel in March, the government announced on Wednesday.
The announcement came amid mounting pressure on Israel to address Palestinian concerns about the deteriorating situation on the ground in Gaza, where more than two years of fighting have left more than 1,200 Palestinians dead and more than 2,300 wounded.
“He has decided to return to Israel next month in order to meet the President of the United States on the issue of Palestine, and to continue to discuss the situation on that ground,” Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said.
Bogdanovich’s trip to Washington to discuss Palestine comes just days after his former Israeli counterpart, Ehud Olmert, flew to Washington for talks on the ongoing peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel’s prime minister has been seeking an end to the current round of violence, which began in October 2014, in which Hamas fighters launched rocket attacks at Israeli towns.