If There's a Trump Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan, Netanyahu Says He Hasn't Seen It

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2018Credit: Alexei Nikolsky/AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he has not seen a U.S. peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Several Israeli media outlets have recently reported the alleged intent of President Donald Trump's administration is to present their Israeli-Palestinian peace plan immediately after the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem on May 14.

According to the reports – some attributed to Israel's envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, others to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman following his visit to Washington – the White House team headed by envoy Jason Greenblatt is currently finalizing its work ahead of an initial presentation to both sides.

When asked about these reports on Tuesday while briefing reporters in Larnaca airport in Cyprus, Netanyahu said he "hasn't seen" the aforementioned plan.

In March, a senior White House official told Haaretz the administration was still working on the plan. Yet it has no deadline for its publication. Among the considerations expected to affect the release date are the political climate in Israel, the security status in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and responses in the Arab world to Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

The administration still hopes to convince the Palestinian to return to the peace process, but does not rule out the possibility of publishing the plan without direct Palestinian involvement.

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