US Middle East peace plan 'won't be loved by either side': Haley

US Middle East peace plan 'won't be loved by either side': Haley
The Trump administration will soon release its Middle East peace proposal, the US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.
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23 February, 2018
Nikki Haley says Trump's Middle East peace proposal is nearly ready [Getty]
The US government's Middle East peace plan is nearly finished, America's ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, adding it "won't be loved by either side".

The Trump administration is nearly finished drafting its proposal and will release it soon, Haley said on Thursday during a question-and-answer session at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, reported Washington Post.

She added that US negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason D Greenblatt are 'still going back and forth," and she gave no more specific date for when it would be made public.

"They're coming up with a plan. It won't be loved by either side, and it won't be hated by either side."

The long-anticipated proposal follows Trump's recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel's captial, a move that broke with decades of US policy.

Palestinian leaders have said the Jerusalem decision means the United States can no longer be an honest broker.

When pressed on whether the US would support an independent Palestinian state, which had been US policy for more than two decades before Trump entered the White House, Haley said it was for Israelis and Palestinians to decide.

She added that "it is hard for me to see how they would want a single state," and added that she thinks "they are pushing toward a two-state" outcome.

On Tuesday, the United States declared at the United Nations it was "ready to talk" with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who rejected US-led peace efforts after Washington's Jerusalem decision.

Earlier during a rare UN Security Council address, Abbas called for a multilateral international conference to be held by mid-2018 to pave way for full Palestinian statehood, along with a solution to the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict.