US Middle East envoy says Washington to unveil peace plan ‘at the right time’
US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for the Middle East said Washington’s peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians would be unveiled at a later time given the delay in the Israeli government’s coalition formation process.
“The Israeli government coalition formation process in Israel is winding through a very long road. We don’t think it’s wise to unveil the peace plan now, but our hope is that at the right time and when conditions are right to unveil it, the White House will unveil it. Sadly, I won’t be here for that, but I do hope to support the effort from the outside,” Jason Greenblatt told Al Arabiya in one of his final interviews as US envoy to the Middle East.
Greenblatt and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, as well as the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, have led the effort to develop a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians and have spent the entire Trump presidency working on the project.
The US envoy told Al Arabiya that he was resigning for personal reasons as he was eager to return to his private life.
“I originally signed up for approximately two years and as this calendar year 2019 has unwound, it has become much, much harder for my wife and my six children. And it’s really time for me to go back to being a father and being a husband,” he said.
In his exit interview with Al Arabiya, Greenblatt also revealed a personal letter sent to him by a Palestinian as he is stepping down at the end of this month.
Greenblatt said that he learned about the Palestinians during the last three years in his capacity as an envoy to the talks.
So far, the White House has outlined a $50 billion redevelopment plan for the Palestinians and neighboring countries but has yet to release their proposals for resolving difficult political issues like the status of Jerusalem.