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Greenblatt: Israelis, Palestinians Will Have to Compromise

Greenblatt: Israelis, Palestinians Will Have to Compromise

Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 09:30
Jason Greenblatt (L), US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. | Reuters
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The US White House Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, told Israeli officials that the US administration will soon announce the details of the "Deal of the Century," political sources close to the matter in Tel Aviv said on Sunday.

According to the sources, Greenblatt said all the information and details published so far about the US initiative were incorrect and inaccurate.

His comments were made during a meeting in London that was organized by the UK Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, sources said.

After returning from Israel, where he carried out talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the peace plan, Greenblatt stated that the Trump administration was not looking for an interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinians as it wanted to try and change the status quo.

"Neither side will like all that is written in the peace plan and there will be a need to compromise," Greenblatt reportedly said at the closed event.

"But we are certain that if both sides agree to enter into negotiations, they will understand why we reached the conclusions that will be presented in the peace plan."

"The standard talking points to the conflict will not bring us closer to peace. The United States will no longer invest in temporary solutions. We understand that temporary solutions do little to improve Palestinian lives, and prolong the cycle of suffering and violence," he stressed.

“Judge our peace plan according to what it is supposed to be: a proposal for a comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian process,” Greenblatt cautioned the Palestinians.

“Before you form an opinion about Trump’s peace plan, read it from beginning to end. Don’t listen to rumors about the plan,” he stressed.

It is noteworthy that Trump said during his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, end of September, that the administration would present his peace plan within two to four months.

This means that the peace plan may be presented as early as the beginning of December.

Senior US officials declined to give details of the expected date of the plan’s release and only emphasized that the White House peace team was continuing to work on how to launch it.

The looming possibility of early Israeli elections is likely affecting the decision on when to release it.

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