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White House sources: US to present limited Mideast plan

U.S. President Donald Trump will only unveil an “agenda for peace” at the U.N. General Assembly meeting next month, due to difficulties encountered by his peace team in recent months and the president’s current legal troubles, a source tells Israel Hayom.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C., on March 5, 2018. Photo by Haim Zach/GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C., on March 5, 2018. Photo by Haim Zach/GPO.

Only the first phase of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan will be presented at the United Nations General Assembly, a source close to the White House told Israel Hayom on Thursday.

Previous reports claimed U.S. President Donald Trump would unveil his so-called “deal of the ‎century” during the U.N. General Assembly ‎meeting next month in New York. Trump is set ‎to address the assembly on Sept. 25.

The source said the president would only present a partial outline of the overall peace initiative the White House has been drafting, describing it more as an “agenda for peace.”

The source said the reason for the partial presentation was that the president’s peace team has encountered difficulties in recent months, but also noted Trump’s current legal battles.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem on Wednesday that while there’s been “a lot of progress,” the Trump administration has no timetable for rolling out  the much-anticipated peace plan.

Bolton refused to speculate what the plan entailed or when it may be publicized.

Meanwhile, another source with ties to the administration said the Trump peace plan has not been finalized yet and that efforts to iron out its details would be expanded in the coming months.

On Tuesday, Trump said that Israel will have to pay “a higher price” in peace talks with the Palestinians as a result of official U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as well as the U.S. embassy move in May.

Speaking at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Trump said it was now the Palestinians’ “turn” to “get something very good” in potential peace talks with Israel.

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