The Trump administration unveiled this week its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Does the plan have the potential to bring the parties closer to peace? Lucy Kurzter-Ellenbogen explains how the plan differs from other attempts to forge peace, how Israelis and Palestinians view the plan, and how the international community has reacted.

For more on the new peace plan, read Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen's analysis or listen to her episode of the On Peace podcast.

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