Trump Says He Will Likely Wait to Release Mideast Peace Plan Until After Israeli Election

Israel is set to hold their second election this year on September 17

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Donald Trump speaks to reporters in Morristown New Jersey, August 18, 2019.
Donald Trump speaks to reporters in Morristown New Jersey, August 18, 2019.Credit: Patrick Semansky,AP
Jack Khoury

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday he would likely wait until after Israel's September 17 election to release a peace plan for the region that was designed by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, is the main architect of a proposed $50 billion economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon that is designed to create peace in the region.

>> Read more: Kushner's objective: An economic carrot to change the Palestinian narrative | Opinion

Three weeks ago, Kushner met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem as part of a regional tour to promote the economic chapter of his Middle East peace plan.

Kushner arrived in Israel after visiting Jordan and Saudi Arabia, according to a diplomatic source involved in organizing the tour. During Kushner's visit to Amman, King Abdullah told the former the plan must be based on a two-state solution, and have East Jerusalem as the Palestinian's capital.

The meeting was attended by Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi and Assistant to the U.S. President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

Kushner's meeting with Netanyahu was also attended by Brian Hook, the American special representative for Iran, Jason Greenblatt, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer.

Kushner did not meet with Palestinian officials during his visit.

The Palestinians have cut ties with the White House, saying Trump's policies are unfairly biased toward Israel.

Hadash lawmaker Aida Touma-Sliman said that the Arab society in Israel is not waiting nor looking forward to the release of the Mideast peace plan.

"Trump and Netanyahu's plan is already being implemented on the ground [through] the recent demolition of homes in East Jerusalem and upsetting the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque," Touma-Suleiman said in reference to the demolition of 70 homes in the Palestinian-controlled East Jerusalem Neighborhood of Wadi Hummus in July, and the fact that the police allowed Jewish worshipers to enter the Temple Mount complex on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha earlier this month.

"In addition, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the creeping annexation process, expanding the settlements and the nation-state law are all tools in Trump and Netanyahu's ongoing plan to inflame the area and destroy any chance of establishing a Palestinian state," Touma-Sliman added.   

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