Today President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss Trump’s Middle East peace plan. Trump will divulge information of the plan to Netanyahu and Israeli leaders today at the White House, then unveil the plan publicly tomorrow at 12 noon. Before any information has been learned, Palestinian officials are outraged at the plan, claiming it is an attempt “to finish off” the Palestinian cause.
President Trump will not only meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is a more conservative, right-wing leader, but Trump will also meet with his centrist opposition leader Benny Gantz. Jumping on the impeachment bandwagon, even Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh accused the talks as being a distraction to the current Senate Impeachment Trial.
During a cabinet meeting in Ramallah, Shtayyeh said: “This plan is to protect Trump against being impeached and to protect Netanyahu from going to jail and it is not a peace plan.” He continued, “We reject it, and we demand the international community not be a partner to it because it contradicts the basics of international law and inalienable Palestinian rights…it is nothing but. A plan to finish off the Palestinian cause.”
You’ve taken out the most dangerous terrorist on the planet…Thank you, Mister President, for your bold decisions and bold actions
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been ongoing since the creation of the Jewish state. To no avail, the foundation of historically suggested peace plans called for a “two-state solution” meaning an independent Palestinian state side by side with Israel. That plan has failed to work as Palestinians refuse to acknowledge or concede land to an Israeli state. According to Reuters, “Palestinians have refused to engage the Trump administration and denounced its first stage – a $50-billion economic revival plan announced last June.”
Once the plan is announced tomorrow, Palestinians will likely express their discontent. Reuters reported that “Palestinian and Arab sources who were briefed on the draft fear it seeks to bribe Palestinians into accepting Israeli occupation.” An additional issue any peace plan has to overcome is that of the growing power of Hamas, the Islamist movement in Gaza which has committed to the destruction of Israel.
Speaking jointly to reporters just moments ago after their private meeting, Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Trump for his friendship to Israel. “The bottom line is short; you have made our lines stronger than ever” referring to Israeli border lines including Jerusalem as its capital. Netanyahu also thanked Trump for his policies and actions regarding Iran. Today “is national Holocaust Remembrance Day,” Netanyahu said, then thanked him for going after the “most anti-Semitic regime in the world,” Iran.
“Iran was on the march,” Netanyahu said, but “because of you, Iran is now on the run.” He added, “you’ve taken out the most dangerous terrorist on the planet…Thank you, Mister President, for your bold decisions and bold actions…I want to thank you on behalf of Israel for confronting Iran.”