Trump’s vision for Israeli-Palestinian peace was supposed to be the ultimate gift to Binyamin Netanyahu’s electoral campaign rather than the ultimate deal for Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution. The timing of its publication — a month before the March 2020 Israeli election — seemed highly motivated by political considerations. The content of the plan — reportedly closely coordinated with — and maybe even shaped by — top Netanyahu aides — was supposed to give a green light to Netanyahu’s aspirations to annex territory in the West Bank ahead of the elections. And the anticipated Palestinian rejection of the plan was hoped to pave the way for a bilateral breakthrough between Israel and a major Arab country — again, before the elections.
(Originally published in the Palestine-Israel Journal)