Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday [Aug. 4] the United States would present a Middle East peace plan within weeks and Israel should accept it.
“In the coming weeks, their plan will be formulated and presented to the parties,” Barak said, according to a spokesman for Israel’s parliament who briefed reporters on the defense chief’s remarks to its Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
“I believe that Israel must take the lead in accepting the plan,” Barak was quoted as saying.
Asked at a daily briefing in Washington on Monday when a peace plan might be announced by Mitchell, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said: “I think it will be in a matter of weeks.”
He gave no specifics.