Yahrtzeit at the Prime Minister’s Residence

President Donald Trump’s advisor Jason Greenblatt.
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt on Thursday afternoon saw an unscheduled intermission.

At one point during their discussion of Israel, the Palestinians and the Mideast, Greenblatt glanced at his watch and noticed that it was getting close to sunset.

He promptly excused himself, explaining that it was the yahrtzeit of his mother, and he had only a short time left to daven Minchah.

Within minutes, a minyan was assembled on the spot so that Greenblatt, who is an Orthodox Jew, would be able to say Kaddish. Netanyahu and others participating in the diplomatic talks took part in the minyan. Greenblatt led the minyan and said Kaddish.

Greenblatt thanked the participants, and immediately afterwards the group resumed the discussion of worldly matters.