The US official in the Trump administration tasked with developing a plan to bring “peace” between Israel and the Palestinians is departing the White House, casting further doubt on the proposal’s future.
Jason Greenblatt, the US President’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, will depart the administration in the coming weeks, the White House announced on Thursday, Middle East News reported.
Greenblatt was previously a lawyer at the Trump Organization. He had been leading the effort to devise the so-called peace plan, which has been delayed repeatedly.
In a tweet, Trump confirmed Greenblatt’s departure, saying, “After almost 3 years in my Administration, Jason Greenblatt will be leaving to pursue work in the private sector.”
Greenblatt was an advocate of Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian territory of Golan Heights, moves that were sharply criticized by Palestinians and Muslim nations.
The embassy move, followed by cuts of hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid, prompted the Palestinians to sever most ties with the US.
Greenblatt worked on the plan in concert with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
The $50 billion so-called “peace to prosperity” plan, which was presented by Kushner at a US-led workshop in Bahrain in June, envisions a global investment fund to purportedly lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies.
No money has been secured for the projects in the plan, which the Palestinians have called “humiliating blackmail”.