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Report: Trump delays peace plan until February

The Palestinian daily Al-Quds claimed on Thursday that US President Donald Trump has decided to postpone the publication of his plan for peace in the Middle East until February 2019.

The paper’s correspondent in Washington quoted an unnamed “informed source” as saying that Trump prefers not to publish his plan at all, certainly not under the current circumstances where the situation in the Middle East is “unclear and volatile.”According to the source, Trump has been briefed on the “wide frames” of the US peace plan, but has left the matter in the hands of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his adviser Jason Greenblatt, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who will revise it and discuss the date for its release.

The report claimed that Trump’s aides advised him to wait with the announcement in wake of the recent political developments in Israel, particularly after the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, also advised the Trump administration to wait with the plan until the political situation in Israel is more stable.

The paper’s “informed source” said that the Trump administration did not want to embarrass Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the face of Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi Naftali Bennett with demands for concessions to the Palestinians.

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