Netanyahu: U.S. Peace Plan Will Take Months to Finalize

YERUSHALAYIM -

Washington is making serious progress in formulating a peace proposal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it will be several months before it will be ready for presentation, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the security cabinet in a briefing on his discussion with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York last week, according to government sources.

Previous media reports said that the Trump administration would need a few weeks to work on the plan, and that he asked Mahmoud Abbas to refrain from unilateral diplomatic moves until it was ready.

In the meantime, a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian delegations will take place in Cairo with participation by senior American, Egyptian and Jordanian officials, he said.

Netanyahu also described for the ministers his trip to Latin America last week, which he said was a great success, not only because it was the first of its kind by an incumbent prime minister, but because it laid the foundations for bilateral cooperation in the future.

Netanyahu also praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi for allowing their meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly to be in public.