Tom Nides and Mansour Abbas
Tom Nides and Mansour Abbas US Embassy in Jerusalem

US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides on Thursday met United Arab List (Ra'am) Chairman MK Mansour Abbas.

"Good first meeting today with MK Mansour Abbas," Nides tweeted. "We discussed the challenges and opportunities of promoting economic development and a feeling of hope for all people to live together in a diverse, shared society."

Earlier this week, Nides met Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid).

"It is a great honor to host US Amb Israel Tom Nides at the Knesset and have an honest and warm conversation. It goes without saying that the US is our closest ally, a true friend with whom we share common liberal and democratic values," Levy tweeted then.

Responding to Levy's tweet, Nides wrote, "The future is bright indeed! Thank you for a great visit and discussion of shared democratic values."