Axios: Israeli and Palestinian officials expect President Trump to unveil a Mideast peace proposal by early next year. What nobody knows yet is the shape it will take or if the proposal will be based on creating a Palestinian state, which has been U.S. policy for the last 20 years. In the meantime, the two sides are on their best behavior to avoid being singled out by Trump as an obstructionist party.
The U.S. “peace team” working on the issue is relatively small and very discreet — just five people, including senior adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt. The entire process is being run by Trump’s aides, with the State Department, NSC and other agencies providing advice and support.
According to U.S. officials, Trump is the driving force on this issue and is personally involved. Israeli officials say they hear Trump is pushing his team to have a proposal soon.
Opinion: That the plan is secret is a hallmark: Trump: “I don’t give a specific ISIS plan because I don’t want enemies to know it” and the same is happening with the ultimate deal.
Cast of Characters:
- Jared Kushner – Senior Adviser
- Jason Greenblatt – Special Envoy
- Dina Powell – Deputy National Security Adviser
- David Friedman – U.S. Ambassador to Tel-Aviv
- Don Blome – Consul General to Jerusalem
Not mentioned in the 5 person team is Mohammad Bin Salman, the future King of Saudi Arabia, who is reported to have made a secret trip to Israel, and works closely with Jared Kushner.
As I write this, prophecies are colliding in my head. President Trump has a lot of people guessing, not the least of which are today’s Jacob and Esau:
Abbas told a group of former Israeli members of Knesset that he expects a plan later this year and that Trump has told him he supports the two-state solution.
A White House official says there is no artificial deadline and the goal is to “facilitate a deal that works for both Israelis and Palestinians.”
Daniel 9:27 says the one who makes a 7 year peace treaty with Israel and her neighbors is Antichrist.
We are told we will learn the terms of the deal in 2018. I can’t help but wonder if it will be revealed on May 14, 2018, Israel’s 70th anniversary?