U.S. President Donald Trump’s special assistant Avi Berkowitz, who is leading the Middle East peace plan, will arrive in Israel next week, signaling the White House hasn’t fully given up on promoting the initiative.
The peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians has been in deep freeze since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government after Israel’s April 9 election.
Berkowitz, a close aide to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been working on the plan since Jason Greenblatt left his post as the president’s special envoy to the Middle East in September 2019. Berkowitz joined Kushner on his last visit to Israel in October.
During his stay in Israel, Berkowitz is expected to meet with government officials as well as with U.S. Ambassador David Friedman.
The main purpose Berkowitz’s visit is to gather information about Israel’s political situation, ahead of the country’s third election within a year. The visit isn’t likely to lead to a major breakthrough in the peace plan.