May 31, 2019

U.S. Political Affairs: Whither the Peace Process?

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Journalist Omri Nahmias

As any cook learns on his first day of culinary school, it is not safe to defrost a dish and then store it back in the icebox. Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt worked for months on defrosting their much anticipated peace plan, and now it seems like they don’t have any choice but to freeze it again for an unknown period.

In any conversation with administration officials during the past two months, there was one word that you could repeatedly hear: momentum. The peace team members were well aware that they have one opportunity to lay out their vision, and it better be successful.

They decided to wait until the elections in Israel were over, even though their plan was pretty much ready, to refrain from hurting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection campaign. Then they avoided interfering with the political negotiations in the new Knesset, waiting until a new coalition would be formed.

Read the full article and more in The Jerusalem Post.

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...