• Global geopolitical series: U.S. special envoy arrives in Israel for quartet meeting

    Source: FxWire Pro - Commentary / 17 Jan 2018 03:46:41   Eastern Standard Time

    United States’ special envoy for Middle East peace Jason Greenblatt arrives in Israel on Wednesday for the Quartet meeting, which will be attended by envoys from Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations. While the quartet meeting is a regular affair, its significance has grown in recent days and weeks as Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) President Mahmoud Abbas refused to take part in a peace negotiations with the United States being the sole mediator in response to President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  

    The diplomats said that the goal of the Quartet meeting is to further understand where the U.S. is going with regards to the peace process and to try and formulate a joint strategy to de-escalate the current crisis. The Quartet has been on the sidelines in recent years, allowing the U.S. to spearhead efforts to broker an Israel-PA deal. But with Abbas’s insistence on an international Committee for peace negotiations can once again revive the Quartet, which could form the basis of any future committee.

    In 2016, the Quartet released a report in which it called on Israel to halt its construction in Judea and Samaria, but also called on the PA to stop inciting to violence and terrorism. Mr. Greenblatt is not going to meet any Palestinian Arab officials during his visit. He is expected to stay in the region until next week and will join U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on his visit in the region.