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“Until a few months ago, Mideast media outlets closely tracked the movements of Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, the president’s special envoy to the Middle East. Every visit to a country in the region was worthy of commentary on top of the news reports, as the media eagerly awaited the release of the administration’s peace plan.
This week, the White House announced that Kushner and Greenblatt would both take part in the mid-February summit in Warsaw on the future of the Middle East. While Haaretz and other news outlets have briefly reported on the Americans’ travel plans, the news didn’t create the interest of previous stories about interactions between the Trump administration and regional leaders.
The main reason is that the peace plan is now considered in the region to be in a state of hibernation. Washington’s intensive preparations for its release, which geared up in the last months of 2018, slowed down once Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an early election. Now the earliest the plan could be published is in mid-April after the April 9 vote; there’s a chance the release could be further delayed into the summer.”
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