UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent in the upcoming elections, Benny Gantz, will travel to the United States on Sunday to discuss the upcoming American plan to resolve the conflict in the Middle East, which the Palestinian Authority has renewed its rejection of.
Both Netanyahu and Gantz were invited to the White House on Monday and Tuesday.
“We are in the midst of very exciting diplomatic developments, awaiting their climax,” Netanyahu told reporters before the weekly cabinet meeting, describing the plan again as “historic.”
“I will shortly be going to the United States of America to meet with my friend Donald Trump, who will present his show for the century (…) I hope that we can make history.”
Trump said Thursday that he would announce his long-awaited plan before meeting Netanyahu in Washington. “It is an excellent plan, and it will succeed,” he added. Politician and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz will meet President Trump on Monday in a separate meeting to discuss the plan.
“President Trump’s peace plan will be dug deep in history as it is meaningful,” Gantz told a press conference in Tel Aviv on Saturday.
The leader of the central alliance, “Blue and White”, expects that the American plan will allow “various players in the Middle East to advance towards reaching a regional and historic agreement.”
Monday’s meetings will be limited to the American and Israeli sides, as the Palestinian leadership has not been invited.
– “Formulas rejected” –
On Thursday, the Palestinian Authority renewed its rejection of Trump’s plan and considered it “unilateral”, amid continuing tension between the two sides.
The American President announced that he recognized Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, while the Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and parts of the Syrian Golan Heights on June 5, 1967.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem in a move that did not win international recognition, and began building settlements in the Palestinian territories inhabited by more than 630 thousand settlers, while the United Nations and the majority of the international community see these settlements as illegal.
“We reaffirm once again our categorical rejection of the American decisions that have been announced on Jerusalem and considered as the capital of Israel, as well as all of the US decisions that violate international law,” Nabil Abu Rdainah, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement.
“We reaffirm our steadfast position calling for an end to the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he added.
The Palestinian official warned that “if this deal is announced with these rejected forms, the leadership will announce a series of measures in which we safeguard our legitimate rights, and we will demand Israel to assume its full responsibilities as an occupying power.”
– “Israel’s greatest friend” –
The Trump Peace Initiative was announced in 2017, the year it took office.
The US president promised that peace would be found between the Israeli and Palestinian sides through the plan, which he described as a “final deal.”
The economic aspect of it was revealed last June. The economic plan called for investing $ 50 million in the Palestinian territories and neighboring Arab countries over a period of 10 years.
Trump has always boasted that he is the most pro-Israeli US president in history.
In a statement Saturday, Netanyahu described the US president as “the greatest friend of Israel.”
In his footsteps, Benny Gantz walked. “I would like to thank President Trump for his dedication and determination in defending the security interests that Israel and the United States share,” he said at a press conference.
The meeting between the Israeli Prime Minister and Gantz with the White House comes about five weeks before the general elections in Israel, which are being held for the third time in less than a year.
Opinion polls show the convergence of results between the leader of the Likud party and his rival, the leader of the “Blue and White” coalition, which reached a dead end in the April and September elections.
Israeli media forecasts indicate that Trump’s upcoming announcement will support Netanyahu in the upcoming election race.
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