Greenblatt: Deal is not set in stone

“How sad that the Palestinian leadership won’t even engage and see if there is something in this plan that they can help shape differently."

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt
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Former White House Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt insisted that the US peace plan was not set in stone and lamented that the PA doesn't "see if there is something in this plan that they can help shape differently" if it finds the current proposal unacceptable.

In an interview with Arab News, Greenblatt emphasized that “the door to the White House to negotiate a peace agreement will remain open.”

But he added that if the PA waits too long "and annexation happens, then it happens."

“But they (Trump, Friedman, Kushner) are also, like me, people who are dedicated to not only resolve the conflict but to help the Palestinian people. And I know them to be people who — if President Abbas or Saeb Erakat called to say they are ready to talk — would at a moment’s notice sit down and talk.”

“How sad that the Palestinian leadership won’t even engage and see if there is something in this plan that they can help shape differently," Greenblatt said. "If in the end after spending a lot of time and good faith negotiations the peace effort fails. I get it. If the deal is unacceptable to them and no deal the Israelis can make is unacceptable to them, Fine."

“I get that the fact that they are angry. I get the fact that the leadership is disappointed. I get the fact that the plan doesn’t meet their expectations. And by the way, we get plenty of criticism in Israel too because of this peace plan.

“But to refuse to engage and see if you can make it better, to simply say these are my deal points and these are the only deal points that I will accept, no deal is going to happen that way and Israel will thrive and prosper and unfortunately the Palestinians will fall further and further behind. And that is a tragedy, in my mind.”



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