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Trump delays ‘Deal of the Century’ Israel peace plan yet again

2019-08-28

President Donald Trump (left) is pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington on March 25. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will not unveil its Middle East peace plan until after next month’s Israeli elections — the latest blow to the troubled proposal touted as a potential “Deal of the Century.”

White House adviser Jason Greenblatt announced on Twitter that the U.S. would not unveil the “peace vision” before the Sept. 17 polls in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is staking his reelection on his strong bond with President Donald Trump.

"We have decided that we will not be releasing the peace vision (or parts of it) prior to the Israeli election," Greenblatt said on Twitter.

Trump had said just Monday that the plan might be revealed before the Israeli election, which might have been seen as an effort to tip the vote to Netanyahu.

The long-awaited peace plan has been on ice for more than a year now as Team Trump tries to figure out when or if it should be rolled out.

Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has boasted that he can break the Mideast logjam and secure a “Deal of the Century” to end the intractible conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

He unveiled the “economic” portion of the plan this summer to a tepid reception from Middle East allies who the White House hopes will fund a multi-billion rescue plan for the West Bank.

The so-called “political” portion of the plan will apparently be the part where the U.S. tells the Palestinian people that they will not get an independent state as they have long demanded.

Palestinian have said the plan is dead on arrival if and when the Trump administration ever launches it.

The plan is also likely to be surprisingly controversial in Israel, where Netanyahu’s right-wing allies object to making even minor concessions to Palestinians on land or sovereignty.