- Netanyahu to Join Trump Next Week to Announce ‘Deal of the Century’ Peace Plan Giving Israel ‘Everything it Wants’
by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, https://www.commondreams.org/
“A lethal diversionary tactic at the expense of Palestinian rights and international law.”
President Donald Trump is expected to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Netanyahu’s political rival Benny Gantz at the White House on January 28 to unveil the president’s “Deal of the Century” peace deal for the Middle East.
Though the full plan has not been released, the deal reportedly delivers nearly all of Israel’s demands in exchange for the possibility of maybe, someday recognizing a Palestinian state. “Peace has nothing to do with it,” said Haaretz journalist Amir Tibon.
The plan, said one observer on social media, “gives Israel everything it wants.” “Palestinians are expected to beg for crumbs,” they added. Vice President Mike Pence announced the White House meeting on Thursday during a visit to Jerusalem. “President Trump asked me to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to come to the White House next week for talks,” Pence said. “At the prime minister’s suggestion,” the vice president added, “I also extended an invitation to Benny Gantz.”
“The White House apparently thinks the two sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are the Israeli right and the Israeli center,” tweeted University of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami. According to the Times of Israel, the deal drastically undercuts Palestinian hopes for recovering land stolen by Israeli settlements and allows Israel to expand its territory even further:
The plan will be unveiled next week, and is the most generous US proposal ever for Israel, an unsourced Channel 12 report said, likely providing for Israeli sovereignty over all West Bank settlements alongside a recognition of Palestinian statehood. The network said the plan apparently includes a “significant moving of the [Israeli] border” eastwards, without specifying.
The plan is unlikely to net support from Palestinians, the Europeans, or Arab states, journalist Neri Zibler said, meaning that the deal may be primarily aimed at helping Netanyahu’s political prospects. But rejecting the plan comes with its own set of consequences.
The Deal of the Century: Trump helps Netanyahu in each of Israel's 3 elections over the past year; Does everything he can to help Netanyahu survive. In return Bibi helps Trump get re-elected in November (Evangelical voters). Peace has nothing to do with it https://t.co/NaOhr3QEZX
— Amir Tibon (@amirtibon) January 23, 2020