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Trump: Mideast peace plan will follow Israeli election

By
Nicholas Sakelaris
A large election advertisement featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen at the entrance to Jerusalem on February 4. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
A large election advertisement featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen at the entrance to Jerusalem on February 4. File Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said his Middle East peace plan will not be fully released until after Israeli elections next month.

The peace plan is being finalized by White House adviser Jared Kushner and won't be made public before Israel's elections on Sept. 17, Trump said Sunday.

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The $50 billion economic portion of the plan was unveiled in June at an Arab conference in Bahrain, which was boycotted by Palestinian leaders.

Trump said the winner of the election will have a chance to form a new government before the plan is presented, although some details might be made public before then.

Israel's election was set for next month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to assemble a government coalition after months of negotiations that began in May. The snap vote will select the 120 members of the Knesset, Israel's parliamentary body.

The plan will not offer a two-state solution, because "it means one thing to the Israelis, it means one thing to the Palestinians," Kushner said.

"I think we all have to recognize that if there ever is a deal, it's not going to be along the lines of the Arab peace initiative. It will be somewhere between the Arab peace initiative and somewhere between the Israeli position."

Kushner said the president's goal is to increase security and prosperity in the region.

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