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A Trump peace plan?

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:10 am

Recently, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law who is tasked with working on Israeli-Palestinian peace, paid a visit to Saeb Erekat. The veteran Palestinian negotiator was recuperating in Virginia from a lung transplant. According to The Washington Post, “after briefly considering, and then nixing, wine — Erekat is Muslim — Kushner ultimately brought chocolate.”

While Erekat undoubtedly appreciated the gesture, chocolates alone are not likely to woo the Palestinians to a peace plan that Kushner and the Trump administration are reportedly drafting and will unveil early next year. We trust that the administration has learned the lessons of failed peace efforts. One of those lessons is that failure is more destructive than no attempt at all. Another is that neither Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu nor Palestinian President Abbas is in a strong enough political position to go much beyond the status quo.

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