The White House Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt has confirmed earlier suspicions that the White House will not release its so-called “deal of the century,” until after Israel’s national elections that are scheduled for the 9th of April.
In an interview with the U.S.-based Jewish Telegraph Agency, President Donald Trump’s envoy also declined to specify when in fact the highly-anticipated American initiative can be expected.
Greenblatt described the prospective agreement as capable of dramatically improving the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians, as well as the entire region. He called on all third parties to “focus on the good and see the possibilities of a brighter future,” and leave the negotiations up to the Israelis and the Palestinians who ‘will have to live with its consequences.’
The top negotiator emphasized that “if the two sides are willing to engage, they will be the ones to work through the tough issues.” He also reiterated the recent message from Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, by emphasizing that the inclusion of economic elements is “essential to any success of the political plan.”
He further claimed that despite the public Palestinian rejection of the yet-to-be released document, the White House has been able to convey information through Twitter and other social media platforms directly to “ordinary” Palestinians, whom he said were “grateful” of the American efforts and “very much interested in engaging” with Israel for peace. Neither the Palestinian Authority nor the Israeli Prime Minister’s Press Coordinator agreed to TV7’s request for comment on Greenblatt’s statements.