Greenblatt Walks Back Trump Comment on Imminent Reveal for Peace Plan
Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s Mideast envoy, says the administration will not publicize any of the political portion of its long-touted Israeli-Palestinian peace plan prior to elections in the Jewish state, to be held September 17. Earlier this week, at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump said he might not wait for Israelis to vote. “We have decided that we will not be releasing the peace vision (or parts of it) prior to the Israeli election,” Greenblatt tweeted late Wednesday. There have been hints in the past few months that the plan might not involve a two-state solution, something in line with the preferences of many supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – and apparently Netanyahu himself, judging from comments he’s made on the stump – and political observers have said that an early reveal might have a major impact on the September 17 vote. The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, the other partner to any negotiations, rejected the plan outright, even before its economic inducements were announced at a June conference in Bahrain. Netanyahu’s Likud party is currently running neck and neck with a centrist list. In theory, it’s believed he would have an easier time forming a government in light of the country’s overall political balance, although most analysists say a renegade party that, until now, has been part and parcel of the country’s right-wing scene could block the prime minister – who faces several criminal indictments and is seen as being in the political fight of his life.