U.S. Envoy Greenblatt Denies Trump's Peace Plan Includes Jordanian-Palestinian Confederation

Abbas claimed in September that Trump's peace team offered him a plan based on a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 14, 2017.
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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration’s peace plan will not call for a confederation between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace envoy said in an interview published on Monday.

Jason Greenblatt told the Times of Israel that the administration is “not looking at a confederation model” as part of the plan, which still doesn’t have a timetable for its release.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said last month that Greenblatt and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who are both in charge of the Israeli-Palestinian file, had previously discussed a confederacy model with him. The White House dismissed his statement at the time, but Greenblatt’s recent interview was the first time an administration official denied it “on the record.” 

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Greenblatt did not disclose further details about the plan, but repeated the administration’s constant line that both sides will like some aspects of it, and dislike others. “It will include a resolution of all core issues,” he said, adding that while the plan will address Israel’s security concerns, it will also “be fair to the Palestinians.”

In September, Abbas said that Trump's peace team had offered him a political plan based on forming a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation. According to Abbas, he told the administration that he would only agree to such a plan if Israel is part of the suggested confederation. 

"I was asked if I believe in a federation with Jordan," Abbas said, referring to the talk he held with Kushner and Greenblatt. "I answered: Yes, I want a confederation with Jordan and Israel. I have asked the Israelis if they would agree to such an offer."