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US national security advisor says peace plan release has nothing to do with Israeli electoral calendar.
Publishing the Trump administration’s long-anticipated Middle East peace plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century” by the US president, ahead of Israel’s general vote in March would not amount to interference in the process, a top US official told Axios on Monday.
US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told the outlet that the release had nothing to do with Israeli or Palestinian domestic politics and electoral processes. “We’re not focused on the Israeli election calendar or when the Palestinians end up having an election,” he was cited as saying.
He also said that the administration was fully aware that releasing the plan would not be an easy process, with Palestinian factions long proclaiming it dead on arrival. The remarks came in response to an earlier statement from Benny Gantz, head of the Blue and White alliance and main political rival of current caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Last Wednesday, Gantz said that a release of Washington’s peace plan proposal before the March 2 vote in Israel would amount to a direct US interference in Israeli politics. While the economic component of the plan was released in summer 2019, the White House has signaled that it wants to wait until Israel forms a new government to release the political aspect of the deal.
But now, with the plan being a subject of multiple proclaimed leaks and revelations, time is running out for President Trump to reveal it as the US heads into the 2020 elections.