Jason Greenblatt

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2019

    Israel Approves Building 700 Palestinian Homes, 6,000 Settlements in West Bank

    The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government advanced the proposal late on Tuesday, according to an Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the closed-door meeting. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud...

  • Donald Trump Jun 30, 2019

    US Officials Attend Opening at Controversial Jerusalem Dig

    American officials looked on Sunday as Israel opened a newfound Roman-era street at a divisive archaeological site in east Jerusalem, a move that deepened Palestinian animosity toward the White House’s mediation efforts. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the event along with three other visiting American ambassadors as well as President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, and Republican...

  • Donald Trump Jun 30, 2019

    US Officials Attend Opening at Controversial Jerusalem Dig

    American officials looked on Sunday as Israel opened a newfound Roman-era street at a divisive archaeological site in east Jerusalem, a move that deepened Palestinian animosity toward the White House’s mediation efforts. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the event along with three other visiting American ambassadors as well as President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, and Republican...

  • Donald Trump Jun 23, 2019

    US Economic Plan for Mideast Peace Met by Harsh Criticism

    When the Trump administration cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid for Palestinians last year, the Parents Circle, a coexistence group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families, lost 30% of its budget overnight. So members were shocked Sunday to learn that the White House is now using its photos in promotional materials for a U.S. peace plan that has...

  • Donald Trump Jun 23, 2019

    US Economic Plan for Mideast Peace Met by Harsh Criticism

    When the Trump administration cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid for Palestinians last year, the Parents Circle, a coexistence group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families, lost 30% of its budget overnight. So members were shocked Sunday to learn that the White House is now using its photos in promotional materials for a U.S. peace plan that has...

  • Donald Trump Jun 22, 2019

    White House Unveils $50 Billion Palestinian Economic Plan

    The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private financing and intends to create at least a million new jobs for Palestinians, was...

  • Donald Trump Jun 22, 2019

    White House Unveils $50 Billion Palestinian Economic Plan

    The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private financing and intends to create at least a million new jobs for Palestinians, was...

  • Donald Trump May 20, 2019

    US to Roll Out Economic Part of Mideast Peace Plan

    The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday. The plan, which has been two years in the making, envisions large-scale investment and infrastructure work in...

  • Donald Trump Oct 5, 2018

    As Gaza Worsens, Palestinian Leader Controls Fate of US Plan

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been sidelined, isolated and humiliated by the Trump administration. But the embattled Palestinian leader may have the final say in determining the fate of the White House’s long-awaited vision for Mideast peace. In recent weeks, Abbas has thwarted a series of internationally backed initiatives aimed at rehabilitating the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. With Gaza expected to...

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2018

    Kushner Says Middle East Peace Plan Due ‘Soon'

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, who has shunned the Trump team over its alleged...

  • Donald Trump May 19, 2018

    White House Pushes Ahead With Mideast Peace Plan

    The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration intends to release the peace plan...

  • Donald Trump Mar 29, 2018

    Q&A: Why Bolton's Pick Adds to Obstacles for US Mideast Plan

    The list of obstacles to a long-awaited U.S. plan for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal has grown longer in recent days. Contentious relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are bound to deteriorate further with incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has said Palestinians would be better off being absorbed by Egypt and Jordan than having their...

  • Donald Trump Jan 23, 2018

    Pence to Israel: US Embassy Will Move to Jerusalem in 2019

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers Monday that the U.S. would put plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on a fast track, drawing angry denunciations from Arabs who were forcibly removed from the hall during his speech before Israel’s parliament. The Trump administration’s plan to accelerate the move of the embassy, announced in the first address of...

  • Donald Trump Dec 7, 2017

    Trump Decision on Jerusalem Could Have Deep Repercussions

    President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday could have deep repercussions across the region. Recognition of Israel’s control over the city will be welcomed by Israel, a close American ally, and be popular with pro-Israel evangelical Christian voters who make up a key part of Trump’s base. But it could also trigger violence in the region,...

  • Donald Trump Aug 25, 2017

    Kushner's Mideast Peace Push Met With Palestinian Skepticism

    Presidential adviser Jared Kushner met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Thursday to try to jumpstart moribund peace talks, but after months without progress the Mideast envoy faces growing skepticism on the Palestinian side. With no clear vision for peace outlined by the administration and domestic issues distracting President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud...

  • Donald Trump Aug 23, 2017

    Kushner Snubbed in Cairo After US Cuts, Delays Aid to Egypt

    White House adviser Jared Kushner arrived in Cairo on Wednesday, the latest stop on his Mideast trip exploring the possibilities of reviving the long-dormant Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. Kushner has been heavily involved in a behind-the-scenes process to help President Donald Trump, his father-in-law, broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, which the first-year president has called the “ultimate deal.”

  • New York Aug 3, 2017

    5 Things Jared Kushner Told Congressional Interns in Leaked Speech

    Jared Kushner bragged Monday that details of his Middle East negotiations have not been leaked to the press. He made the comments in a speech that was later leaked to the press.
    An audio recording of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser giving the off-the-record talk to congressional interns was obtained and published by Wired magazine Tuesday.

  • Donald Trump Apr 1, 2017

    Israel Pledges to Try to Curb Growth of Settlements Footprint

    Israel will limit new settlement construction in the West Bank “when possible” to within areas already developed or at least to contiguous areas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government announced as a gesture to President Donald Trump as it approved the first new settlement in the territory in two decades. With the new policy, the government said it would attempt to...

  • Donald Trump Mar 31, 2017

    Israeli Cabinet Approves New Settlement, First in 2 Decades

    Israel’s government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for U.S. President Donald Trump’s new foray into Middle East peacemaking. The White House pointedly avoided any specific condemnation of the announcement, although it said that further settlement activity “does not help advance peace” and that it expects Israel to show restraint moving...

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