- Trump’s Plan Isn’t about Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians
by JACOB MAGID, https://www.timesofisrael.com/
As rivals Netanyahu and Gantz get White House invite, Washington’s proposal could be a basis for long-elusive Israeli unity government, and a springboard for annexing settlements
In preparation for the release of his administration’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan, US President Donald Trump invited the leaders of both parties to the White House next week to discuss his proposal. “They both would like to do the deal. They want to see peace,” Trump told reporters Thursday on Air Force One.
To be clear though, “both” wasn’t referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but rather to Netanyahu and his domestic political rival, Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz.
With the PA all but having severed its ties to Washington after the Trump administration’s 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — followed by the shutting of the PLO representative office in Washington, moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the slashing of hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees — the Trump administration no longer has an address to communicate with in Ramallah.