White House official: Report on peace plan inaccurate

Senior White House official says report which outlined peace plan for Israel and PA was misleading.

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A senior White House official said on Saturday night that a TV report in Israel which outlined what is supposedly the Trump administration’s peace plan for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) was inaccurate.

The unnamed official told the Israel Hayom newspaper that the report on Hahadashot (formerly Channel 2 News) was “misleading”.

The report said that President Donald Trump intends to offer the PA its own state. The plan will include land swaps, but not necessarily along the pre-1967 borders.

In addition, the PA will receive millions of dollars to allow it to build a viable economy. At the same time, the report said, since the U.S. recognizes Israel's need for security, IDF forces will be stationed along the Jordan River.

The plan would not include expelling Arabs or Jews from their homes. According to senior sources in Jerusalem, the subject of dividing Jerusalem has not been discussed.

The White House official who spoke to Israel Hayom said that the details in the report “are speculations and guesses about the things we are working on all the time, and this report is simply recycling previous reports.”

“This report, instead of accurately reflecting the situation, mixes all sorts of possibilities and ideas that have existed for decades,” the official continued. “We can say that we are conducting a productive dialogue with all the relevant parties and adopting a different approach than the one used in the past in order to create a lasting peace agreement. We do not intend to place an artificial deadline on anything and we have no immediate plans beyond the continuation of the contacts. As we have always said, our mission is to facilitate the work of reaching an agreement that works for both sides, and not dictate anything to them."

“This report, instead of accurately reflecting the situation, mixes all sorts of possibilities and ideas that have existed for decades,” the official continued. “We can say that we are conducting a productive dialogue with all the relevant parties and adopting a different approach than the one used in the past in order to create a lasting peace agreement. We do not intend to place an artificial deadline on anything and we have no immediate plans beyond the continuation of the contacts. As we have always said, our mission is to facilitate the work of reaching an agreement that works for both sides, and not dictate anything to them."








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