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US Greenblatt reveals plan to unite West Bank, Gaza

Oct. 16, 2018 4:31 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 21, 2018 11:43 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United States' Middle East Peace Envoy, Jason Greenblatt, stressed that the United States is involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to help "all Palestinians, in both the West Bank and Gaza," and revealed intentions of unification of the West Bank and Gaza, on Tuesday.

According to a Hebrew-language news outlet, Greenblatt said "The White House's peace plan entails intentions to unify the West Bank and the Gaza Strip."

Greenblatt, along with Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law of US President Trump, have been working on the peace plan, also known as the "Deal of the Century" for nearly two years.

Greenblatt added "Let's be clear about something: Gaza and the West Bank have been separated for 10 years, not only physically, but politically—between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. It’s absurd to deny that reality."

He stressed "In contrast, our peace plan intends to bring them together. Make no mistake; we are in this to help all Palestinians, in both the West Bank and Gaza. The type of disinformation being spread by some parties who have not even seen the plan yet wish to be spoilers does nothing to benefit ordinary Palestinian lives."

"Once our plan is released, all parties should read it and judge it by its merits. The PLO should be a positive force to change people's lives for the better, and not try to sway people before they have even seen our plan."

In September, Trump said that his "dream" is to reveal the peace plan in the next two to three months, "It is a dream of mine to get that done prior to the end of my first term. I think a lot of progress has been made. I think that Israel wants to do something and I think that the Palestinians actually want to do something."

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