Trump says Mideast peace plan may be revealed before Israeli elections

On sidelines of G7 summit, US president tells leaders both sides are ready to negotiate a deal, says Palestinians ‘will be happy to get US funding again’

By TOI STAFFToday, 11:15 am  0

US President Donald Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Biarritz, southwest France on August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

US President Donald Trump meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Biarritz, southwest France on August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

US President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration might release its Middle East peace plan before Israel’s elections in September, reversing earlier statements that it would wait until after the election re-do to unveil the long-delayed proposal.

Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the annual G7 summit in Paris that both Israelis and Palestinians were interested in reaching a peace deal. Trump said he “thinks the Palestinians will be happy to get US funding again and make a deal,” according to Rueters.

“We’re going to know who the [Israeli] prime minister is going to be fairly soon,” he said, according to Axios. “[A deal] won’t be before the election, I don’t think… But I think you may see what the deal is before the election.”

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Trump will address the media alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the conclusion of the three-day summit later on Monday.

His administration’s Mideast peace plan was supposed to roll out over the summer, but unveiling of the US plan was delayed after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition following the April elections and called a fresh vote, now scheduled for September 17.

The US has so far kept the political elements of its plan under wraps, while the economic aspects of it were presented in June by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner at an American-led conference in Bahrain. The economic side of the plan would see a $50 billion investment package for the Palestinians and the wider region.

The Palestinians skipped the Bahrain conference and have rejected the peace plan outright, pressing on with their boycott of the administration since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and cut Palestinian aid.

The Trump administration has since cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians, including all of its support for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and nearly $200 million earmarked for humanitarian programs in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is willing to wait and see the contents of the plan, but has reiterated he will not compromise on Israel’s security or evacuate settlements.

No details have been published so far about how the plan tackles key issues such as a potential independent Palestinian state, Israeli control over the West Bank, the fate of Jerusalem and the so-called “right of return” for Palestinians to homes from which their families fled or were expelled after Israel’s creation in 1948.

US officials have indicated that they will back “Palestinian autonomy” and self-governance, but stop short of endorsing the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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2 Comments on “Trump says Mideast peace plan may be revealed before Israeli elections”

  1. Peter Hofman Says:

    Is Trump now putting pressure on BiBi to go along with this “deal of the century “

    • M he Says:

      In the “Last tango in biaritz,trump danced with iran,sent KSA,UAE and Israel and bibi under the Iran’s BUS”


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