President Trump is expected to present details of his long-awaited peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians today following his White House meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and leader of the opposition, Benny Gantz, earlier this week.
Virginia Tech’s foreign policy expert Joel Peters is skeptical that the plan will jumpstart the long-stalled effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians together. “Early reports indicate that it will heavily favor Israeli positions and the Palestinians, who were not invited to Washington this week and have already rejected the plan.”
“The Middle East peace plan could impact Israel’s upcoming March election, which will decide the fate of the embattled Netanyahu. The timing of its release is also a distraction from the Senate’s ongoing impeachment trial of President Trump,” says Peters.
Joel Peters is a professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. For the past thirty years, Peters has been an active participant in various informal, track-two meetings between Israelis and Palestinians on issues ranging from Jerusalem, refugees, borders, economic development and regional security. He has also served as an academic consultant to the European Commission on economic cooperation in the Middle East.
His research interests and publications cover Israeli politics and foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, regional cooperation in the Middle East and Europe’s relations in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He is the author of the book Understanding Israel: Political, Societal and Security Challenges. Peters is regularly consulted by the international media on Israeli politics and has been the studio analyst for BBC radio for past Israeli elections.
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