- Trump Team Seeks to Avoid ‘Dead on Arrival’ Peace Plan
by MICHAEL WILNER, https://www.jpost.com/
Internal discussion continues over the timing of its release.
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump’s administration is engaged in an internal discussion over the timing and method of launching its Middle East peace plan, concerned their proposals may be dead on arrival if launched under unfavorable circumstances.
Israeli government officials originally anticipated the US plan would land this summer, but White House officials have not yet settled on that time frame and may delay its rollout into the fall or even beyond if necessary, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Senior Trump administration officials said the peace team is working in unison, despite Israeli officials reporting to the Post signs of strategic disagreement within the US camp. Trump officials would not provide even a rough timeline for the plan’s release, but said that it will, in large part, be calibrated to maximize positive feedback.
“Getting the right reaction is critical. The substance of this is obviously extremely important, but releasing it at a time when the substance can be accepted by the maximum number of players or participants is just as important,” a senior official told the Post on Wednesday.
The plan itself is essentially complete.
“You can’t put something out where everybody says, ‘Ah, this is dead on arrival,’” the official continued. “You can’t do that. And the same exact document that may be dead on arrival on a Monday might not be dead on arrival on a Thursday. That sounds kind of counterintuitive, but that’s the way this works.”