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Middle East peace plan will not be presented before the Israeli elections

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A US peace plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be presented before Israel’s September 17 legislative elections, a senior White House official said Wednesday.

“We decided not to present the peace plan (or elements of it) before the elections in Israel,” Jason Greenblatt, a special adviser to President Donald Trump, wrote on Twitter.

Asked during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit on the date of the announcement of the peace plan, Trump said: “I think you will see this agreement before the elections.”

In June, Palestinian officials boycotted a conference in Bahrain to discuss the economic aspects of the US peace plan, which included a $ 50 billion investment offer in the Palestinian territories and neighboring Arab countries over a decade.

The Palestinians have cut off official contact with the White House since the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while the Palestinians hoped to make East Jerusalem occupied by Israel the capital of their desired state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won legislative elections in April but failed to form a coalition government and called early elections. Netanyahu served as prime minister from 1999 to 1996, and again since 2009.

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