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Report: White House Set to Unveil Proposal for Regional Middle East Peace Deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with US President Donald Trump in New York City, Sept. 18, 2017. Photo: Netanyahu’s Twitter account. – The Trump administration will soon unveil a comprehensive proposal for a regional peace deal in the Middle East, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Sunday.

The Israeli report, which cited unnamed US officials, stated the proposal will focus on creating a foundation for “regional normalization” between Israel and Arab states, with less emphasis on direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The White House will not pressure the Israelis or Palestinians to accept the terms of the proposal and will not impose a deadline on the parties, according to the report.

The purported White House proposal was developed based upon the premise that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is trustworthy and sincerely wishes to achieve a final status agreement. Yet a senior White House official reportedly informed The Times of Israel there are “no imminent plans” to unveil a framework for a peace deal.

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“We are engaged in a productive dialogue with all relevant parties about an enduring peace deal, but are not going to put an artificial deadline on anything,” the official stated. “We have no imminent plans beyond continuing our conversations. As we have always said, our job is to facilitate a deal that works for both the Israelis and Palestinians, not to impose anything on them.”

The official also noted the White House was cognizant of Israel’s security needs in the event of any final status agreement being negotiated.

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