U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington, DC, Monday, January 27.
With just over a month to go before Israel’s next election, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and chief rival Benny Gantz are holding separate meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington Monday. On the table is Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century,” which will reportedly give Israel control over large parts of the West Bank.
President Donald Trump has been working on his Israeli-Palestinian peace deal for almost as long as he has been in office. But it is only now, just ahead of Israel’s third round of elections on March 2, that he is releasing the details of the plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the plan is a great opportunity for Israel.
The prime minister also said he is leaving for Washington with a great sense of responsibility, and that he hoped he and President Trump would make history.
Netanyahu’s rival, Benny Gantz, wrangled a private meeting with Trump, hoping to show that he is a serious contender for prime minister. But the focus in Israel has now shifted from corruption allegations against Netanyahu to the political and diplomatic sphere where he excels.
Palestinians, who have cut off all ties with the Trump administration, have responded angrily to the reported details. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Trump is interfering in Israel’s election.