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Israel paper: Political chapter of 'Deal of the Century' completed

Palestinians stage a protest against the 'Deal of the Century', planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians stage a protest against the 'Deal of the Century', planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that the political chapter of the "Deal of the Century" was completed and now the economic chapter is being laid down, Israel Hayom reported on Tuesday.

The "Deal of the Century" is the US President Donald Trump's plan to forge peace between the Israeli occupation and the Palestinians.

Israel Hayom reported Haley saying that it "brings new elements to the discussion, taking advantage of the new world of technology that we live in," hinting that it would include many elements that would please both sides and some that would not please them.

"It is much longer," she said, "it contains much more thoughtful detail… It recognises that realities on the ground in the Middle East have changed in powerful and important ways."

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She claimed: "Both sides would benefit greatly from a peace agreement, but the Palestinians would benefit more, and the Israelis would risk more."

"The Palestinians have everything to gain by engaging in peace negotiations. This plan will be different from all previous ones. The critical question is whether the response to it will be any different."

Meanwhile, she accused Arab countries of not making the Palestinian people a priority. "If they were, you would all be in a room helping bring both sides to the table." She stressed that moving forward to negotiations and peace "will need leaders with real vision to do it."

Palestinian Representative to the UN Riyadh Mansour said the deal "is still unclear."

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