President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, received a blessing from Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh Yeshiva.
Greenblatt asked Rabbi Edelstein for clarity and the knowledge to be able to undertake the very serious task that has been set before him to jump-start peace negotiations.
Rabbi Edelstein responded, “When someone means to do good things, they receive divine assistance.”
Greenblatt had just returned to Jerusalem from Jordan, where he met with PA President, Mahmoud Abbas amid the Trump administration’s efforts to jump-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which have been frozen since 2014. During the meeting, Abbas committed to “preventing inflammatory rhetoric and incitement on Israel”, the statement said. Abbas and Greenblatt also discussed building up the PA’s security forces, advancing the peace process, and improving the Palestinian economy.
Greenblatt is an Orthodox Jew, and lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, with his wife and six children, the eldest three of which are triplets. His wife, Dr Naomi Greenblatt, is a psychiatrist.
Greenblatt meets with Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh Yeshiva of the Philadelphia Yeshiva