- Trump to Soon Present Peace Plan to Arab Leaders, Yediot Says
by Alisa Odenheimer, https://www.bloomberg.com/
U.S. President Donald Trump plans to outline his “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan to Arab leaders at a summit before Israel’s Sept. 17 election, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, will invite the leaders to the summit at the Camp David presidential retreat during his swing through the Middle East beginning Wednesday, the newspaper said, citing an unidentified person in Washington. Kushner will hold talks in Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, it said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was involved in planning the summit, but won’t attend in an effort to make it easier for Arab leaders to come, the newspaper said. The president will present the plan in general terms, without going into details, it added.
The timing of the Camp David meeting is designed to help Netanyahu’s election campaign by presenting him as a global leader, Yedioth said. It might also soften opposition party Blue and White’s stance against joining a coalition led by Netanyahu, it said.
In an attempt to help Kushner persuade Arab leaders to attend the summit, Netanyahu prodded his security cabinet to approve a plan to build 700 housing units for Palestinians living in the area of the West Bank that’s under full Israeli civil and security control, Yedioth reported.