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Netanyahu discusses 'deal of century' with US envoy

Two officials discussed possibility of delaying announcement of deal due to Israeli gov't forming crisis

Abdulraouf Arnaout   | 20.09.2019
Netanyahu discusses 'deal of century' with US envoy

JERUSALEM 

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt to discuss possibility of delaying the announcement of the political part of the American-proposed peace plan, known as "deal of the century".

The Israeli media reported that Greenblatt arrived in Israel on Thursday to meet with Israeli officials, including Benny Gantz, leader of center-left Blue and White party, following the Israeli elections stalemate.

The U.S. administration scheduled the announcement of the political part of the "deal of the century" after the Israeli elections, but within the current Israeli government formation crisis, the U.S. administration is reviewing the postponement of the peace plan.

Greenblatt hinted that another postponement might take place after the delay followed the April polls.

In a Thursday interview with a U.S.-based Hamodia daily, Greenblatt said that "the U.S. administration decided not to roll out the plan before the election, but it is still not clear if it [the peace plan] will be released during or after coalition formation."

"It’s early to say, how the elections will affect the plan. Our plan is different than what people have been talking about for so many years. We think we listened very hard to everyone in the region including Israelis, Palestinians and experts in the region," Greenblatt added.

Earlier this month, Greenblatt announced he had resigned from his position, yet, he hinted later that he may be staying for a few more weeks.

From their side, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, along with all Palestinian factions, rejected the plan as it excludes the Jerusalem and refugee issues from negotiations.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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