Kobi Gideon, GPO

U.S. Envoy arrives in Israel to discuss “Deal of the Century”

The United States has been closely following the political developments in Israel, which one American official said could “impact President Donald Trump’s decision” about unveiling the political section of his so-called “Deal of the Century” for regional peace.

The Trump Administration’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, visited Jerusalem over the weekend, where he held separate meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz.

President Trump is reportedly deliberating when to finally release his long-awaited peace initiative. It could either be before the swearing in of the 22nd Knesset, with the intended goal of influencing the coalition negotiations so as to ensure that the American plan obtains the required support from a new Israeli government. The second possibility is or to wait until after the government has been formed, so as to not to impede on the coalition-building efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition-building efforts. The presiding assessment in Jerusalem is that the Americans would will ultimately delay the publication of the plan until after the new government is formed.