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A man takes a photo of a graffiti depicting US President Donald Trump on the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank town of Bethlehem August 4, 2017. Reuters

Ramallah- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to take by Arab states’ advice and grant the US administration a chance to propose a peace plan, Palestinian sources revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat.

The sources stated that Abbas will suspend Palestinian action against Israel in the Security Council, the UN and other institutions so that he wouldn’t be accused of hindering peace and frustrating a US initiative.

Head of the US delegation Jared Kushner, who visited the region last week, urged Abbas and Arab officials to grant him a chance to propose a peace plan.

The sources added that Jordan’s King Abdullah II and other leaders advised Abbas to deliberate, despite the US ambiguity and stances that seem biased to Israel.

Abbas demanded warranties for the peace process based on the two-state solution from Kushner who said he would suggest the matter to US President Donald Trump but didn’t promise to back such a solution.

Kushner was keen throughout his tour to evade mentioning the two-state solution and only expressed his commitment to achieve peace. “Committing to the two-state solution would likely be a bias,” stated Washington.

Palestinian officials were irked by this statement and offended the US delegation, accusing it of being one-sided.

Washington seems to suggest a regional peace plan instead of the two-state solution. It believes that regional peace would be the most possible solution in the region but Palestinians reject this proposal.

A Palestinian official, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the US approach is so far unclear.

“We are not against Arab-Israeli peace but not before ending the conflict and establishing the Palestinian state,” he stated.