Trump Plans to Release Middle East Peace Plan within Next Four Months
Amanda Casanova | Religion Today Contributing Writer | Monday, October 1, 2018
President Donald Trump says he will deliver a “fair” Middle East peace plan within the next two to four months. According to The Independent, Trump told the United Nations General Assembly in New York that “a lot of progress has been made” in hopes for peace in the Middle East.
Israel and Palestine last negotiated peace in 2014.
“I really believe something will happen,” he said. “It is a dream of mine to be able to get that done prior to the end of my first term.” Trump also said he supported a two-state solution, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he preferred that the Palestinians govern themselves but do not “threaten” Israel. “I’ll look at it,” he said of Trump’s coming peace plan. “In fact, I was — you know, I always said that I’m willing to look at peace proposals put forward by the United States.”
Palestinian officials have not commented on Trump’s announcement of a new plan.
Conflict between the two countries has increased since protests started over the summer at the Gaza border. Israelis have killed some 190 Palestinians since the protests began in March. One Israeli has been killed. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is spearheading the peace plan. “Jared, who’s so involved, he loves Israel but he’s also going to be very fair with the Palestinians,” the US president later told a news conference. Relations between the countries have further been strained since Trump announced a decision last year to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
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