TRUMP PLAN FINISHED, BUT NOT SEALED, AND STILL BEING TWEAKED
According to the sources, the drafters of the document are taking into consideration both the realities on the ground and input they are receiving from various quarters.
BY HERB KEINON. MAY 16, 2019. jerusalem post
The Trump administration’s Mideast
peace plan, while written, is not a closed and sealed document – and is being
tweaked as new information comes in, according to diplomatic sources.
According to the sources, the
drafters of the document – Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared
Kushner; Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international
negotiations; and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman – are taking into
consideration both the realities on the ground and input they are receiving
from various quarters.
however, seemed confident that the plan will indeed be presented, even though
voices have been raised encouraging the administration not to present the plan
if it has no chance of success.
chief-of-staff Gadi Eisenkot reportedly told Greenblatt at a meeting last week
that there could be a violent escalation in the West Bank, and that this is
something that the administration should take into consideration when deciding
on presenting the plan.
last month that the plan would be presented after Ramadan, which ends on June
4, and Greenblatt said last week that it will come after Shavuot, which ends in
the Diaspora on June 9.
The draft document is reported to be
nearly 200 pages long, and – as Kushner said last month – it is an “in-depth
operational document” that shows what we think is possible, how people can live
together, how security can work, how interaction can work and, really, how you
try to form the outline of what a brighter future can be.”
plan has been in the works for more than two years, very few details of it have
emerged, beyond that it will provide concrete proposals to dealing with the
core issues of Jerusalem, refugees, borders and security arrangements. It is also expected to have a heavy
economic component, relying on support from the Arab world, in an effort to
improve the lives of the Palestinians.
statements that the plan will be released after Ramadan and Shavuot – without
any exact date given – have triggered speculation that the plan, delayed so
often already, may not ever be released, though diplomatic sources involved in
the process said this was not likely.
Greenblatt, in an interview on Friday with Majalla – a Saudi-owned, London-based weekly that appears online in Arabic, English and Farsi – said: “There will never be a perfect time to try to make peace, but the status quo does not work for anyone – people are suffering; the region is suffering.”