U.S. develops new Mideast peace plan

U.S. develops new Mideast peace plan

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a hint of the Trump administration’s peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians, saying it’s long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won’t like.

The U.S. ambassador told the U.N. Security Council that "both sides would benefit greatly from a peace agreement, but the Palestinians would benefit more, and the Israelis would risk more."

Haley said neither Israelis nor Palestinians should make peace at "any price" but she highlighted the differences between the two sides. "Israel wants a peace agreement but it does not need one," the Associated Press cited her as saying.

On the other hand, according to the U.S. ambassador, the Palestinian people "are suffering terribly, while their leadership clings to 50-year-old demands that have only become less and less realistic," and a peace agreement holds the prospects "of a massive improvement in the quality of their lives and far greater control over their political future."

Haley said "it is with this backdrop in mind that the Trump administration has crafted its plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians."