Stunning most Mideast analysts and pundits, President Trump says he will unveil his “Deal of the Century” peace plan this week during the Impeachment proceedings!
And he will also host a high profile, high stakes meeting with two senior Israeli leaders at the White House on Tuesday regarding the Peace Plan and Israel’s upcoming election; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz.
“It’s a great plan,” the President said aboard Air Force One, “It’s a plan that really would work.” Here’s what we know:
- Pence issued invitations to Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz while he was in Jerusalem on Thursday.
- Pence said Gantz was invited at the recommendation of Netanyahu. Pence made the announcement while on his first visit to the new American Embassy in Jerusalem.
- Pence is now the highest ranking American official to visit the new Embassy.
- White House goal by including Gantz: to create the widest possible acceptance of the plan from across the Israeli political spectrum.
- Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz are both architects of the plan among others
- Leaks throughout the Israeli media purport to have bombshell details contained in the plan — but for the moment it’s all speculation and rumor.
- Palestinian leaders are seething — one said, “No Palestinian can accept this dangerous conspiracy.”
- A livid Mahmoud Abbas said: “We warn Israel and the U.S. administration not to cross any red lines.”
- Very few of the 50 world leaders who came to Israel this week visited Abbas.
- Palestinian leaders have for more than a year shut down all contact with the White House and have done nothing to negotiate with the Trump administration and try to improve how the deal may affect them.
- Nevertheless, Trump says of his deal, “it’s actually very positive for them (the Palestinian people).
Three big questions emerging:
- First, will the vast majority of the Israeli people embrace the plan, or will it create new social and political divisions?
- Second, even though Abbas and his advisors will reject and denounce the plan, will any segment of the Palestinian people embrace it, or at least say that it is a reasonable starting point to begin negotiations?
- Third, how will the Gulf Arab states react? Egypt? Jordan? I’m watching these matters most closely of all.