Donald Trump Receives Benjamin Netanyahu And Beny Gantz To Address The "Agreement Of The Century" On Peace In The Middle East

The acting Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the centrist leader, Beny Gantz, will meet Monday in Washingnton with US President Donald Trump to discuss the peace plan with the Palestinians, also known as the "Agreement of the Century".

A team led by Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, has worked in recent years on the plan, whose economic side was presented last June at a conference in Bahrain. According to News Channel 12, the initiative will include the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and could also recognize a Palestinian state in small areas that are under the exclusive management of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

The initiative, according to local media, could give way to the Israeli annexation of the occupied West Bank, and the Palestinian leadership has already repeatedly announced that it will reject any proposal by not accepting the US as the sole mediator. In addition, it has cut contact since Washington recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel at the end of 2017.

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The head of Israel's acting Defense, Naftali Benet, said that his party, the rightist Yamina, will oppose "transferring land to the Arabs or establishing a Palestinian state."

The Israeli leaders will meet separately, unmarking themselves from the intention of the premier, who was looking for a joint meeting.

The foreseeable disclosure of part of the content of the so-called “Agreement of the Century” breaks into an election campaign in Israel, which will hold elections on March 2, the third parties in less than a year. Analysts believe that the possible publication of the peace plan now aims to favor the position in the electoral race of Netanyahu, Trump's close ally, which suggests that this was the reason why Gantz proposed a separate meeting.

"An opportunity like this only comes to history once," Netanyahu said Sunday, adding that he was "full of hope" after expressing these years to the US. "Israel's most vital national and security needs, which must be included in any diplomatic agreement."

(With information from EFE)

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