Blue and White’s Yair Lapid, meanwhile, welcomed Trump’s statement, saying the intention to publicize the plan before the elections is “just and correct.”
US President Donald Trump hinted on Monday that parts of his long-awaited Mideast peace plan may be released before the September 17 election, leading to some speculation that this may include elements of the plan that may help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the polls.
Speaking on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in France before a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel al-Sisi, Trump said that while the entire plan would not be released before the election, “I think you may see what the deal is before the election.”
While the details of the 60-page plan are a carefully guarded secret, if the administration would say – for example – that under the plan Israel could extend sovereignty over the large settlement blocks, that is something that could conceivably help Netanyahu with certain parts of the electorate.
In the run-up to the election in April, Trump recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a move widely considered as designed to give a boost to Netanyahu on Election Day.