Early Elections Could Delay Peace Plan

YERUSHALAYIM -

Early elections in Israel could mean further delay in Washington’s decision to unveil its long-awaited Mideast peace plan, a senior Israeli official has told Arutz Sheva.

The official said the Israeli government has asked the Trump administration to hold off from releasing the plan during what would be a tumultuous period in Israeli politics, and the uncertainty about who would be sitting in the prime minister’s seat in the spring.

“The Americans understand very well the situation in Israel, and they know that it wouldn’t be right to release a peace plan in the middle of an election season, and could even be interpreted as interference in Israeli domestic affairs,” the official said.

“The messages we’ve gotten from the other side [the White House] suggest a clear understanding of the situation and willingness to push off the release of the peace plan, if there early elections, until after a new government is formed.”

Until now, reports have suggested that the U.S. peace plan would be published around the end of the year.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office responded to the report Sunday, saying the PM had no specific information regarding the timing of the peace plan.

“The prime minister does not know when the American plan will be released,” the PMO said, “and when it is presented, the prime minister will consider it solely based on [Israel’s] national interests, particularly Israeli security.”