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France will present 'alternative peace plan' if US fails, says Israeli official

French President Macron and Israeli PM Netanyahu - [Twitter]

If the US President Donald Trump failed to present his Middle East peace plan in the coming few weeks, "France will present its own peace plan," the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Political Director, Alon Ushpiz, revealed yesterday.

Israel's Ynetnews quoted Ushpiz during a secret discussion with the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee as saying that France will demand Trump to present his peace plan after the US congressional midterm elections due on 6 November "or they [France] would present theirs."

The Israeli official stressed that the US elections were of "utter importance" to Israel. He pointed out that his country believes that the Democrats will come out ahead in the upcoming elections, warning that it would "significantly affect" the White House's policies on Israel.

Responding to a question by one of the Knesset members about Trump's recent statement as saying that he "could press Israel as he is pressing the Palestinians," Ushpiz said that he was "not familiar" with the statement, and that the Israeli foreign ministry "does not know what the American peace plan would follow."

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