- Diplomatic Affairs: Trump Plan Dead for Now, Could be Resurrected in 2021
by HERB KEINON, https://www.jpost.com/
The US administration decided it did not want to release the plan during the campaign so as not to make the election a referendum on the plan, or to hurt Netanyahu’s chances of reelection.
The US is “not happy” about Israel going back to the polls in September, President Donald Trump said this week in no uncertain terms. “Israel is all messed up with their election,” he told reporters, mincing no words, as he was just about to take off for Britain on Sunday.
“I mean, that came out of the blue three days ago. So that’s all messed up. They ought to get their act together. I mean, Bibi got elected. Now, all of a sudden, they’re going to have to go through the process again until September? That’s ridiculous. So we’re not happy about that.”
And why isn’t the United States happy? Because the decision to go to elections probably means that the clock will have run out on the Trump administration’s ability to unfurl its much hyped peace initiative until after the US presidential election in 2020, if at all.
Trump himself downgraded the plan during his comments before boarding the plane for London. Asked by reporters to comment on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s downbeat remarks about the plan in comments he made to Jewish leaders that were leaked to the press, Trump said, “Let’s see what happens,” which is a very long step back from calling it the “Deal of the Century.”