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Pompeo Declares Peace Plan for M.E. to Be Unveiled “Within Weeks”

WASHINGTON – The administration of US President Donald Trump has decided to delay the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan after Israel is facing new elections, scheduled for September 17.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed all speculation of a substantial delay in announcing the long-awaited peace plan announced by the United States on Friday, saying the United States would present it from here in a few weeks.
“We have been consulting extensively throughout the region for two and a half years and I think that in the coming weeks we will announce our vision,” said Pompeo, according to AFP.
“And I hope that the world (…) will see a basic element, a base on which to move forward,” he added, answering a question from Kansas State University.
Pompeo called peace in the Middle East “a difficult problem, a problem that these two peoples will have to solve themselves, but we have worked hard.”
Pompeo’s comments follow the unexpected resignation of US President Donald Trump’s adviser on the Middle East on September 3, and one of the leading architects of the “accord of the century,” Jason Greenblatt.
Greenblatt is an Orthodox Jew from Teaneck, New Jersey, one of the most Jewish communities in the United States.
According to the White House, Greenblatt originally planned to sit as a special envoy for two years, but stayed longer because of the procrastination caused by the deployment of the peace plan.
On Thursday, Greenblatt, a father of six, cited personal reasons for leaving his post and said he was “extremely grateful to have been part of a team that has developed a vision for peace,” adding that he was eager to return to New Jersey with his family.
President Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his aide Avi Berkowitz (who has already studied at an Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem) and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, will continue to work on the US peace plan.
Earlier, on August 18, Donald Trump said he would probably wait after the Israeli elections on September 17 to publish his peace plan.
“I will probably wait, but we will be able to produce pieces of it,” Trump said, adding that “peace between Israelis and Palestinians” is “the hardest agreement of all”.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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