Aug 24, 2018

Netanyahu hints Trump shouldn't launch peace plan now

Netanyahu and Trump at the White House. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted today in a briefing to reporters in Lithuania that he doesn't think President Trump should put his peace plan forward at the current time.

What they're saying: Netanyahu said he "sees no urgency" and that the Trump administration is "not blind" about the current situation, adding: "It is his thing if he wants to try and promote it. From time to time he says something about this and [the peace plan] might come... the Americans are thinking about it... when they propose it we will see."

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