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Palestinian official says U.S. will never present Middle East peace plan

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FILE PHOTO: A Palestinian man repairs a fishing net outside his house at Al-Shati refugee camp, in Gaza City September 1, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File Photo

JERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) – The United States will not present its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace any time soon and is instead trying to unilaterally change the terms of reference for any future proposal, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday.

Echoing deep scepticism among the Palestinians, Arab countries and analysts, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator, said that the Trump administration was siding with Israel on the core issues of the decades-old conflict, burying all chances for Middle East peace.

“I don’t think they will ever introduce a plan,” Erekat said in an interview with Reuters in Jericho. “The whole world is rejecting their ideas. They are already implementing their plan by changing the terms of reference,” he said.

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