US President Donald Trump has announced that it will present its long-awaited Middle East peace plan in the next few days. The plan was "likely" to be presented shortly before a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger Benny Gantz, the US President told reporters during a flight to Florida. He praised the plan as "excellent" but gave no details. The plan is to pave the way for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Vice President Mike Pence had previously confirmed in Jerusalem that the U.S. President Netanyahu and surprisingly invited Gantz to the White House for talks on Tuesday. The meeting in Washington should focus on "regional issues and the prospect of peace here in the Holy Land," said Pence. There is currently another election campaign in Israel. After the election in September 2019, efforts to form a government had failed. The parliament voted in December for its own dissolution. A new election is scheduled for March 2.
Trump told reporters on the government plane that he believed the peace plan could work. It was also briefly discussed with the Palestinians. Further talks should follow. "I'm sure they may react negatively at first, but it's actually very positive for them," said the president. It was a plan "that would really work."
Trump had described it as one of his central foreign policy goals to go down in history as a peacemaker between Israelis and Palestinians. He very much wishes to make this "deal", he said again on Air Force One. Trump is working closely together Israel, The Palestinians have so far vehemently rejected the US peace plan, of which only the economic part has been published.
"Deal of the century"
The US President had upset the Palestinians, among other things, when he broke with the decades-long consensus of Western Middle East diplomacy and officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The status of Israel should only be clarified in the context of a peace solution, according to the previously valid consensus. The Palestinians claim the eastern part of the city as the capital of their desired state.
The peace plan had previously been largely developed by Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. In June 2019, the US President and Kushner in Bahrain presented the economic components of the Middle East peace plan. They called the plan the "deal of the century," which would end the 70-year Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. However, Kushner's design largely ignored political details. Regarding the political part, Kushner nevertheless said that there would be no talk of a two-state solution – another break with the international consensus. According to this solution, an independent Palestinian state should coexist peacefully with the state of Israel.
The economic section promised the Palestinians $ 50 billion in investment. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said after the economic proposals were presented that until the political situation was discussed the focus on economic issues was "unacceptable".