- Could Kushner’s Israel Visit This Week Signal Release of Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan?
by Amir Tibon, https://www.haaretz.com/
Israeli officials are convinced the Trump peace plan will be published before the March 2 election. Gantz was initially opposed to the idea but is now on board. Meanwhile, U.S. experts are wary, questioning who would benefit.
WASHINGTON – News reports emerging from Israel in recent days about the possibility of the Trump administration releasing its Middle East peace plan next week, in the midst of Israel’s election campaign, have been met with much skepticism in D.C.
Foreign diplomats, think tank experts and former government officials who closely follow U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue say they have seen this movie before: Time after time, the White House begins to drop hints about the release of its peace plan – and time after time, the plan eventually stays in a drawer in Jared Kushner’s office, awaiting a better moment to be published.
The latest news reports, which state that the small White House team working on the “deal of the century” is once again considering releasing it – this time before Israelis go to the polls on March 2 – haven’t drawn much media attention in the United States. No elected officials on Capitol Hill have addressed the subject either.
With Washington about to get sucked into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, there seems to be very little interest in a peace plan that will be rejected by the Palestinian side minutes after its publication anyway.