Peace plan now: ‘Deal of the century’ should be revealed before April elections
Israelis and Palestinians have been waiting for the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” peace plan since May 2018.
Now, President Donald Trump is saying he will unveil this plan only after the April 9 Israeli elections. However, there is a strong argument to be made that the peace plan should be shared immediately.
“The time politically is never ripe in the Middle East,” says Gilead Sher, a former chief of staff to prime minister Ehud Barak and a senior Israeli peace negotiator. “If the plan is ready, let’s hear about it, without any calculations as to whether or not it is supportive of this or that party’s agenda.”
In a conversation with The Jerusalem Report, Sher, Ami Ayalon and Orni Petruschka – co-founders of the Israeli NGO, Blue White Future – explain that a balanced peace plan could offer hope to both Israelis and Palestinians. It could also play a key role in restoring America’s dwindling influence in the Middle East and the rest of the international arena and enable a coalition of regional moderates to constrain Iran.
The organization is unconnected to the Blue and White Party that was founded long after the organization was.
Further, by revealing it now, it would bring the subject of the Palestinians back into the discourse. Many candidates seem to be skirting this issue, which is so crucial to Israel’s future.