US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would likely wait until after Israel’s Sept. 17 elections to release his peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prepared by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
“I probably will wait, but we may put out pieces of it,” Trump said, explaining that “peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians” is the “toughest deal of all.”
There has been “decades of hate” between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Trump said. “It is tough to make a deal when there is that much hate,” he added.
The first part of Trump’s Middle East peace plan – the economic part – was presented in Manama, Bahrain, in June at the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop led by Kushner. US special envoy Jason Greenblatt also spoke of a proposed $50b. economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon within the context of a peace deal.
While dozens of government officials and representatives from around the world took part in the conference – including from Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco – no government representation from Israel or the Palestinian Authority attended and very few Palestinian business people attended.