Daniel C. Kurtzer

Daniel C. Kurtzer is a professor in Middle East policy studies at Princeton University. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt.

 

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The Illusion of Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan

Kushner and Greenblatt have us focused on a plan that may never appear, while they are making the possibility of a two-state solution disappear.

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Illusionists follow a standard formula: display an ordinary object (the pledge); make it disappear (the turn); and then, abracadabra, bring it back (the prestige). In truth, all the illusionist has done is distract the audience from the real action, which makes magic shows the perfect analogy to the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process. U.S. and Israeli illusionists have us focused on a plan that may never appear, while they are making the possibility of a two-state solution disappear. The pledge: United States officials responsible for the peace process—President Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Trump Corporation attorney Jason Greenblatt, and former Trump bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman—have asked us to focus on what Trump boasted in 2016 would be the “deal of the century.” Since then, Kushner and Greenblatt have claimed to be crafting a peace plan. They have talked about the existence of a plan, but also have kept its details secret. Their...