On May 28, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in New York City for a closed-door meeting with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.  In remarks that were covertly recorded and passed along to the Washington Post, Pompeo effectively declared that the Middle East peace plan conjured by First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner was a non-starter and would be rejected by most parties.  Instead of the "deal of the century" touted by President Donald Trump, Pompeo conceded that the peace scheme was a losing proposition.  "I get why people think this is a deal that only Israel could love.  I understand the perception of that.  I just hope everyone will give the space to listen and settle in a bit." Pompeo continued his blunt remarks:  "I don't want to call it failing.  Call it whatever.  I fail a lot, so it's not about using a word like that."  Pompeo admitted that the State Department is giving a good deal of attention to what to do next if the Kushner Plan flops.

Until Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu failed to put together a majority cabinet this week and had to call snap elections for September, it had been expected that the long-awaited Kushner Plan would be rolled out this month.  Now the launch date is delayed until late September or early October after a new Israeli government is formed and sworn in.

Pompeo has shown some unexpected political savvy by distancing himself from the doomed "peace plan," which appears to be little more than a scheme to buy Palestinian capitulation through a combination of promises of Arab money and political strong-arming from the Gulf States and Israel.

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  1. catherine says:

    The Kushner, Greenblatt, Friedman Peace plan is not new.
    Here it is……http://www.jerusalemsummit.org/eng/hs_short_eng.htm

  2. blue peacock says:

    I’m not sure how far the Palestinian Authority will go even if they’re bribed with a lot of cash. Kushner does not believe that the Palestinians are ready for self-government.

  3. joanna says:

    There may have been a social media campaign against the Kushner plan from day one by rather sinister swamp forces, Harper. Or a much bigger campaign against Kushner personally. I checked the truth media, which supports it.
    Look, we all know, don’t we, that the left generally including the US Democrats are antisemitic. Don’t we? What other reason could there have been behind Kushner’s December 2016 unfortunately failed activities at the UNITED NATIONS to prevent the outgoing admin, to show their true face?
    Put another way. Do we still need the United Nations. Imagine how much it costs.

  4. Fred says:

    “Imagine how much it costs”
    That depends upon who is paying the bills. I don’t think reciepients of the funds are complaining about how much the UN costs.

  5. Artemesia says:

    Look, we all know, don’t we, how tired, worn out, shelf-life expired is the epithet anti-semitic.
    Offer an argument, a critique, an analysis, anything but weak-minded name-calling.
    Zionism is Anti-Christian

  6. joanna says:

    Artemesia, this was a weak attempt at humor. It would have needed qa lot more attention to give it the right final verbal touches.
    I respect Harper a lot. If that is what’s bothering you.

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