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Trump admin finalizing Mideast peace plan: report

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Trump admin finalizing Mideast peace plan: report

The Trump administration is reportedly close to finalizing and presenting its plan for ensuring peace in the Middle East, though actual details concerning the plan remain scarce.

The New York Times reported Sunday that while the White House has not yet settled on an exact time to release the proposal, President Trump is planning on doing so soon. 

The administration is reportedly most concerned about how to roll out the plan, worried that it will be immediately rejected by the parties involved. 

According to the newspaper, the plan would lay out solutions to disputes over borders, securities, refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

Trump has vowed to broker an elusive peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis. He entrusted his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner with creating a proposal, despite Kushner’s lack of previous experience in diplomacy and policy.

However, the Trump administration angered many Middle Eastern and European leaders when it announced late last year the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and would relocate its embassy there. The United Nations approved a resolution condemning Trump’s decision.

Trump administration officials maintained the Jerusalem decision would have no effect on peace negotiations.

Palestinian leaders argued the decision meant the U.S. could no longer act as a fair broker in any peace deal.

Jerusalem is revered by Muslims, Christians and Jews, and is considered by Israelis to be their “eternal” capital. Palestinians, however, have long aspired to establish east Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state. 

The proposal’s release would also come at a time of political uncertainty in Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing corruption charges. He has rejected their validity and vowed to remain in power.

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