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Netanyahu: White House won't present peace plan before Israel's elections

President Trump and Jared Kushner speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Monday that the Trump administration doesn't want to present its Middle East peace plan before Israel's early elections on April 9.

Why it matters: After Netanyahu announced the snap elections last week, a White House official said the administration would consider them as it deliberated on the timing of the plan's launch. But Netanyahu has now publicly stated that the White House will postpone the publication of the plan, saying, "It is their calculation — and I am not sure they are wrong — that allowing a discussion about the peace plan after the elections in Israel is better than having such a discussion before an election when the whole debate will be totally different."

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