At the end of the week, Jason Greenblatt will be stepping down from his position as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to work at the @WhiteHouse under the leadership of @POTUS. Incredibly grateful to have been part of a team that drafted a vision for peace which, at the right time, has potential to improve the lives of millions of people,” Greenblatt tweeted last week.
In an interview with the Times of Israel, Greenblatt reflected on his time in office.
“Before this Administration, engagement between Israel and its neighbors was often behind the scenes. People were reluctant to speak about it out loud. Now, in just three years, we see a huge shift with countries being increasingly open about its relationship and engagement with Israel,” he said.
When asked about the details of the yet to be revealed Middle East peace plan, Greenblatt said that it “may not be embraced immediately.”
“When the plan is released, each side will have to decide how it wants to proceed. When the vision is released, I hope that both parties will read it carefully and not make any hasty decisions. Rejecting the plan outright helps no one,” he added.
In the first year of his presidency, U.S. President Donald Trump tasked Greenblatt to join Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, with drafting the provisions of a Middle East peace plan, often referred to as the “Deal of the Century”.
Over the past three years, Greenblatt has taken a leading role in strengthening the ties between the U.S. and Israel.