Neither Israel nor Palestinians Will 'Love' Trump's Peace Plan, Says Haley

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt are likely 'finishing up' the plan, UN envoy Nikki Haley says to a crowd at the University of Chicago

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.Credit: Mary Altaffer/AP
Amir Tibon
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Neither Israel nor the Palestinians will "love" President Trump's upcoming plan for Middle East peace, according to Trump's UN envoy Nikki Haley. In a speech Thursday at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Haley noted that the plan was still being written, but could be in its final stages.

Haley added that Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, were "still going back and forth" as part of their work on the plan. "I think they're finishing it up," she added, without providing a precise timeline.

"It's for them to decide," Haley said with regards to the nature of the solution. "If they decide on two states, the United States will support two states. If they decide on certain boundaries, the United States is going to support those boundaries." She added that she thinks the plan "won't be loved and won't be hated" by either of the two sides.

Haley was interviewed by David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. Following these comments, Axelrod asked her if she would support a one-state solution. "It would be hard for me to see how they would want that," she said. "I think that they both are pushing for a two state solution. We're just going to support whatever they decide they want to do."

"I do have hope, I do have faith," Haley said. "The Palestinians deserve better and the Israelis deserve better. Right now they're in conflict. It's not a good situation. If the leaders would put aside their pride and their ego, and think about their people, and improving the quality of life for their people, this peace process will do that."

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