David Friedman
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American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has confirmed that the Trump administration is preparing a Middle East peace plan, which it hopes to launch “in a few months”.

On Saturday, The New York Times published a report claiming that the Trump administration was currently in the process of drafting a peace plan for the Middle East, with the aim of helping Israel and the Palestinian Authority reach a comprehensive final status agreement.

According to the report, the plan is intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.”

A day later, a senior Israeli official told Arutz Sheva that the framework for a peace deal now under consideration by the Trump administration was nowhere near completion.

"The US administration's peace plan is still far in the future," the source told Arutz Sheva, adding that "the administration is in an advanced stage of the process, but they have already understood that the situation here is much more complex than initially thought."

But on Monday, JNS published comments from US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman confirming the Times report, adding that Trump’s peace plan would be unveiled within a matter of months.

“We’re working very hard on it,” Friedman told JNS. “It’s hard to comment on it while we’re in the middle, because it’s delicate.”

Friedman said that the plan would be made public in “a few months.”

According to former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the Trump administration has grown increasing interested in pursuing a final status agreement between Israel and the PA.

“The more the Middle East becomes a hotbed of activity, the more that the United States recognizes the importance of Israel and that we need to, on both sides of the aisle, stand strong with them,” Spicer told JNS. “At the end of the day, when you look at the position of the U.S. government on both sides of the aisle, I think you continue to see a steadfast support for what we need to do as a government to help and support Israel.”

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