Report: Trump administration ready to present peace plan

Plan to solve Arab-Israeli conflict reportedly does not mention Two-State Solution

JTA and Arutz Shva Staff,

Netanyahu, Kushner meet in Jerusalem, August 24th, 2017
Netanyahu, Kushner meet in Jerusalem, August 24th, 2017
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The Trump administration is finishing up its Middle East peace plan and intends to make it public soon, The New York Times reported.

According to the report published Sunday, the plan does not call for a two-state solution.

The White House must now figure out how to present the plan so that it is not immediately rejected by the Palestinian Authority, the newspaper reported, citing three unnamed senior administration officials.

An unnamed senior aide to President Donald Trump compared the plan to Waze, the Israeli-developed traffic navigation software.

According to the report, the officials said the plan does not have a set of guiding principles. It gives the outlines of a peace plan and leaves the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority to fill in the details. Also, they said, the plan also does not specifically call for a two-state solution as a goal nor for a “fair and just solution” for Palestinian Arab refugees and their descendants, though it will offer suggestions on both points.

The aides told The Times that the document proposes solutions to all the key disputes: borders, security, refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority has said it will not consider a U.S.-proposed peace plan due to anger over Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his intent to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv in May.

Netanyahu may be less likely to be willing to make compromises, as he has dealt with recent coalition disputes and fears fallout from possible corruption charges. The plan also comes as Trump has begun the process of dealing with North Korea.

The report points out that no one outside of the Trump administration has seen the plan document, and that the people who wrote it — Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman – had no previous experience in diplomacy. But the three men reportedly met last week with Netanyahu for several hours while he was in Washington, D.C., to address the annual AIPAC policy conference and meet with Trump.


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