Mideast peace

Scoop: Trump, top advisers to meet about launch of Middle East peace plan

President Trump and Jared Kushner speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images

President Trump will hold a crucial meeting this week with his top national security and foreign policy advisers to discuss both the details of the White House's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and the timing for its release, U.S. officials told me.

The big picture: The White House's "peace team," led by senior adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt, has been working on the plan for the last two years. It's now basically ready, and Trump has said he wants it published sometime between December and February. But U.S. officials said the current political crisis in Israel and the imminent announcement on early elections in the country will play a role in any decision Trump makes regarding the plan's release.

Khashoggi killing complicates Trump's peace plan

Jared Kushner standing behind President Trump while he gives a speech.
Jared Kushner listens as President Trump speaks during a press conference. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The White House is creeping toward President Trump’s self-imposed deadline (next few months) to release a Middle East peace plan. But the Khashoggi killing has thrown a wrench into what was already a tumultuous situation.

The Palestinian leadership won’t deal with the White House after the Jerusalem embassy decision, and there’s no obvious avenue to engage them before the plan’s release. But the one thing Kushner’s team has going for it: Expectations of success couldn’t be lower.

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