Who says the US and PA aren’t talking.
The age of Trump: The “deal of the century” via Twitter. What could go wrong?
“It’s been more than a year,” the Washington Post reported, “since senior Palestinian officials have agreed to meet or even speak with representatives of the Trump administration,” so Jason Greenbelt, Trump’s “special representative for international negotiations” decided to use “tweet-diplomacy,” because, Greenbelt says, “Transparency is better for all.”
However, “despite the cold shoulder,” it appeared the Trump administration and Greenblatt were only speaking to themselves with their new tweet-diplomacy and their “mysterious plan, and any suggestions of what it might contain” as they “forged ahead with what Trump once described as “the deal of the century,” creating speculation a “peace plan will be unveiled following Israel’s general election, which takes place on April 9.”
That is when Israeli journalist @BarakRavid chimed in to help Greenbelt practice his transparency by offering “some details about the opaque peace plan, saying in his own Twitter timeline feed, “I published on @newsisrael13 new details about the Trump administration’s peace plan. The info is from a briefing given by a US official to a small group 2 weeks ago . I obtained the notes of 1 of the attendees in the briefing. Here are the details: …”
Which is when Greenbelt’s transparency dried up.
As Twitterverse hashed out the deal of the century and what details may or may not have been in a possible plan that may or may not exist, that is when “Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee” twitter-spoke.
If you think all of this is the end, you’d be so wrong. The embarrassment gets worse.
“The message was followed by a long thread that seemed to shine a spotlight on the Trump administration’s frustrations with the Palestinian leadership for its continual refusal to meet with or speak to U.S. officials.”
Spokesman for president for Palestine Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, then added to the ‘conversation’ that “the suspension of aid to our people, which included critical sectors such as health and education, will have a negative impact on all, create a negative atmosphere, and increase instability,” to which Greenbelt called a “disingenuous quote.”
To which PLO member Ashrawi chimes back in.
Not to be outdone, Greenbalt tells Ashrawi that his “door is always open” and that she and all her colleagues “are ALWAYS welcome to visit” him at the White House “in person.”
Who says diplomacy in the age of Trump is dead?