“Deal of the Century” may be released before September elections; Greenblatt addresses media reports that Trump Administration is attempting to oust PA’s Abbas; US envoy: We cannot make a comprehensive peace unless we make sure that we are dealing with the representatives of all the Palestinian people.
President Trump may release the political aspects of his “Deal of the Century” before Israel’s national elections scheduled for September, according to his envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt. The US diplomat gave an interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam, where he addressed media reports on the Trump Administration as well as the peace deal. He was quoted stating, “We haven’t decided when we will release the political vision. We are taking into account the Israeli election to decide whether we should release it before the elections or after…”
Prime Minister Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in April through May, and Israel’s Parliament was forced to dissolve the 21st Knesset and schedule new elections for later this year. The Trump Administration had previously not released any details until following Israel’s elections in April.
Greenblatt also confirmed that President Trump is not seeking to oust Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, despite media reports, and that “We cannot make a comprehensive peace unless we make sure that we are dealing with the representatives of all the Palestinian people,” in reference to the Palestinian’s continued boycott of the US administration.
The first phase of President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” was held in Bahrain last month, a two-day workshop proposing investment into the Palestinian economy, as well as local states, in efforts to mediate a future peace agreement with the State of Israel. The event was attended by representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco, as well as some Palestinian businessmen.