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US delay reflects fear in Netanyahu losing

The Donald Trump administration has yet again delayed the announcement of its long-awaited peace plan for the Middle East, which some say is linked to the Israeli elections next month and fear of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu losing them.

Most of the reactions to the Aug. 28 decision of the Donald Trump administration to delay announcing the US vision for the Middle East have focused on the possibility or not of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being reelected. Israeli elections are scheduled for Sept. 17. No clear winner is projected by Israeli polls.

But a Palestinian-American who recently met with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, thinks the Americans have been hoping that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would surrender and end the boycott of the Americans. Abbas ended all talks with Washington once the Trump administration announced Dec. 6, 2017, its decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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