U.S. Envoy: Peace Plan Will Focus on Israeli Security But Be Fair to Palestinians

(Times of Israel) Raphael Ahren - The forthcoming U.S. peace proposal does not call for a confederation with Jordan, special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt told the Times of Israel in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month. "It will include a resolution to all of the core issues, including the refugee issue, and will...be heavily focused on Israeli security needs. But we also want to be fair to the Palestinians. We have tried hard to find a good balance. Each side will find things in this plan that they don't like. There are no perfect solutions." Greenblatt said, "Not every country agrees with everything we do on the Israeli and Palestinian front, but...everybody has a strong desire to work with us, despite the policy differences we may have." A senior U.S. official said, "No progress will be made if we don't talk to each other. But we will release the peace plan even if the Palestinian leadership does not talk to us. We think the Palestinian people deserve to see it and decide if it is the right path forward. They certainly should not be prevented from seeing it and considering it. The reality is that we are trying to help them achieve a free society. A leadership that blocks this effort is the opposite of what it means to have a free society."

2018-10-09 00:00:00

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