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Trump preparing ‘robust economic plan’ for Middle East peace deal

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US President Donald Trump is preparing a ‘robust’ economic plan to push forward a Middle East peace deal to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Reuters reported that Trump’s envoys in the ME are working on the most detailed set of proposals to date for the overall plan which however does not have a release date.

An economic plan will come with funds from the US though no one knows what kind of funding will go to the Palestinians, who are frustrated over the Trump administration and have lost faith in his mediation efforts.

No further details were made available on the much-awaited peace plan. What is certain is Trump would want the Arab nations to participate in any economic aid he would put in place.

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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and Jason Greenblatt, a lawyer who is playing a role in the negotiations are doing the hopping in ME capitals to win support for the plan.

The two envoys have asked leaders in the region to outline for each issue an outcome that they could live with and that the other side could accept, Reuters said.

Trump caused a massive backlash against the US in the Middle East when he announced that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. He moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem to show support to Israel.

The Palestinians are still cold to any attempts by Trump to negotiate a peace deal in the region.

They are expected, however, to reach out to the US on the proposed ‘economic plan’ that Trump is trying to get through for approval from the Arab world and Israel.

The Middle East has seen various attempts by previous US governments to settle the Palestinian-Israel conflict but failed. No US administration has come closer to President Jimmy Carter’s ‘Camp David Accords’.

The accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on 17 September 1978, following twelve days of secret negotiations at Camp David.

But the deal fell apart after the assassination of both Sadat and Begin.

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