Jason Greenblatt: Palestinian Authority 'trashed Trump plan even before it came out'

Former US representative Jason Greenblatt speaks about 'Deal of the Century,' invites both sides to explain untenable parts of plan.

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Jason Greenblatt
Jason Greenblatt
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Former US Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt on Thursday spoke at Shurat Hadin's roundtable event about US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century."

Asked about how Trump's 'Deal of the Century' was received by both sides, Greenblatt said the Palestinians had "trashed the plan before it even came out, calling it the 'Sham of the Century' or 'Slap of the Century.'"

He said that while he "understood that Israeli society was very divided on [the move], "they ought to first of all be very grateful to President Trump." "What the administration has done have been incredible for the State of Israel and that "not to acknowledge that and instead go on the attack…is really not very appropriate," he added.

He said that if a Palestinian state does come into being, "but they end up abrogating the agreements," Israel will have the ability to "go back in and do what they need to do to protect [itself] without fear of…sanctions and condemnations on the part of [international bodies]."

"If we didn't go far enough [in guaranteeing Israel's security], "I would like to hear from them where we fell short and how we can improve it," he said referencing concerns on the Right that a Palestinian state may be created as a result of the move.

Greenblatt said he hoped "Israel proceeds with all [parts of applying sovereignty], some, or whatever it thinks is appropriate" because "not doing it will not bring peace closer and that doing it finally shows the Palestinians that life moves on and we can't stay in limbo forever".

Asked what he expected to happen if a Democratic Party candidate were to be elected to office, Greenblatt said that a Democratic administration would "likely condemn an Israeli annexation but would come to realize that if they return to the actions of the past, they [would be] wasting US taxpayers' money…because nothing happens if you return to the talking points of the past…"

He also said that while he wasn't optimistic about the consequences of such an event, he didn't believe that "other than a lot of rhetoric a lot is going to happen."