Greenblatt: U.S. Mideast Plan Will Not Include Land Transfer From Egypt’s Sinai

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -
Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy. (Reuters/Ammar Awad/File Photo)

President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan will not involve giving land from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to the Palestinians, an American envoy said on Friday.

Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East envoy, apparently sought to deny reports on social media that the long-awaited plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would involve extending Gaza into the northern Sinai along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.

“Hearing reports our plan includes the concept that we will give a portion of Sinai (which is Egypt’s) to Gaza. False!” Greenblatt, one of the architects of the proposal, tweeted on Friday.

The American plan is expected to be unveiled once newly re-elected Prime Minister Binyjamin Netanyahu forms a government coalition and after the Muslim month of Ramadan, which ends in June.

Trump’s senior advisor Jared Kushner said on Wednesday the plan would require compromise by all parties, a source familiar with his remarks said.

The last round of U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014.