The Trump administration has made clear its intention to announce “soon” its plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Full assessment of the plan should be reserved until its actual contents are revealed. However, we are deeply concerned by the administration’s strategy to pursue an “ultimate deal” in the current environment.

There is no evidence to suggest conditions are ripe for a conflict-ending agreement that would address the final status issues: borders, refugees, Jerusalem, and security. The notion that an arrangement can be imposed on the Palestinians is as erroneous as the notion that one can be imposed on the Israelis.

An agreed two-state solution is the only viable path to a sustainable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would ensure Israel’s security as a Jewish and democratic state and fulfill Palestinian national aspirations for an independent state. The United States can and must be a steward of such an agreement, providing Israel and the Palestinians with the support and assurances necessary to bridge their gaps and conclude a deal.

Yet, today, the Israeli and Palestinian leadership have not demonstrated the strength and the courage needed to make the requisite compromises for a lasting accord.

Despite the evidence that now is not the time to pursue a far-reaching deal, the Trump Administration is determined to move ahead with its plans. The potential failure of this US effort will lead to yet another Israeli-Palestinian blame game, a heightening of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the absence of any diplomatic prospects, the continued disaffection of younger American Jews and Democrats with Israel, and the slow, steady slide toward a one-state reality. The failure will serve as fodder for those who oppose a two-state solution and who argue such an agreement can never be reached. Support will likely grow among Palestinians for abandoning any aspirations for a state alongside Israel, in favor of civil and political rights within Israel, effectively ending Jewish self-determination.

The vision of a secure, Jewish, and democratic state will be placed at great risk.

We do not support this path.

There is so much that can and must be done before the ultimate deal can be reached, including 50 measures that can be taken by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, with the support and encouragement of the United States, to enhance security, economic, and political conditions on the ground, and to preserve the viability of a future two-state solution, before resuming negotiations on final status issues that currently cannot be resolved.

In the coming days and weeks, we will highlight these 50 steps, each day providing educational resources, analysis, and commentary on our various digital platforms, including FacebookTwitterIsrael Policy Pod, and Israel Policy Exchange.

We call on American policymakers and Jewish community leaders to support and encourage these measures and to prevent the “ultimate deal” from becoming the ultimate failure.