Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt Resigns
By Hana Levi Julian- 5 Elul 5779 – September 5, 2019
Outlet: Jewish Press
Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt has
resigned his post with the Trump Administration, according to an announcement
Thursday morning during a conference call with reporters from the White House.
No reason for the decision was given.
Berkowitz, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Special Representative for
Iran Brian Hook, will take over Greenblatt’s duties after his departure.
is the architect behind the so-called “Deal of the Century” – intended to
be “a realistic and implementable vision to help solve the conflict and to
help develop relationships between Israel and [her neighbors] in the region”
— together with White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared
timing of the release of the Trump Middle East peace plan — and its followup
— is now in question, although President Donald Trump is still expected at
this point to unveil his peace plan sometime after Israel’s national election
on September 17.
White House said he would remain at his post for the next few weeks until
President Trump unveils the peace plan. At that point, Greenblatt is expected to
return to his family in New Jersey, although it is not yet clear what his plans
are, going forward.
has been the honor of a lifetime to have worked in the White House for over two
and a half years under the leadership of President Trump,” Greenblatt said in
a statement Thursday. “I am incredibly grateful to have been part of a team
that drafted a vision for peace.
vision has the potential to vastly improve the lives of millions of Israelis,
Palestinians and others in the region. I would like to thank my incredible wife
Naomi and my amazing six children for their strength and encouragement. I will
thoroughly miss working with my friends and colleagues Jared Kushner, David
Friedman and Avi Berkowitz, as well as the many other dedicated individuals
within the US government who were instrumental in our efforts.”
Kushner said Greenblatt has performed a “tremendous job leading the efforts to
develop an economic and political vision for a long-sought-after peace in the
Middle East… His work has helped develop the relationships between Israel and
its neighbors as he is trusted and respected by all of the leaders throughout
the region. He is a close friend and partner and will continue to make a
positive impact on the world.”
been a tremendous privilege to work with Jason these past few years on the
critical tasks of repairing and strengthening the US-Israel relationship and
seeking peace and stability within the Middle East,” said US Ambassador to
Israel David Friedman.
has been a trusted friend and a valued colleague who has touched so many with
his wisdom, sincerity and goodwill. He has made an enormous and indelible
contribution which we will seek to build upon as we move forward.”
kindness and unique talents of Jason Greenblatt, a dear friend and colleague,
will be missed in the White House,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement. “We
know he will continue to impact the world for the better.”