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Gantz accepts Trump invitation, opts for private meeting without Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief political rival confirmed Saturday he has accepted President Donald Trump’s invitation to Washington, and will meet the president before the unveiling of the administration’s long-awaited peace plan.

Benny Gantz was initially inclined to accept the joint invitation that Vice President Mike Pence extended to both him and Netanyahu two days ago in Jerusalem. Given the upcoming Israeli election on March 2, and the desire to present a united front to what is expected to be a favorable plan for Israel, Netanyahu said he suggested including Gantz at the summit.

But over the weekend, Gantz’s camp began leaking that he would likely decline, fearing that Netanyahu was using the meeting as an electoral ploy to upstage Gantz in Washington and re-focus the campaign away from his indictment on corruption charges.

The two leaders remain deadlocked after two inconclusive elections in 2019 and are engaged in another heated campaign.

In weekend consultations with his advisers, Gantz apparently decided he would meet with Trump, but only in a private meeting on Monday, after which he plans to return to Israel immediately to lead the parliamentary hearing on Tuesday seeking to reject Netanyahu’s plea for immunity from Israeli lawmakers.

“The peace plan devised by President Trump will go down in history as a meaningful landmark mapping the way for the different players in the Middle East to finally move forward toward an historic and regional agreement,” Gantz said in a live TV address. “These are fateful times, both for Israel’s border and character as well as its democratic fabric. Therefore, I have decided to accept the invitation extended to me by President Trump and meet with him in person this Monday as the leader of the largest party in Israel.”

The plan, which would be rolled out as Trump’s Senate impeachment trial continues on Capitol Hill, is expected to be favorable to Israel and offer it control over large parts of Judea and Samaria. The Palestinians seek the entire territory, which represents for Israel the “biblical heartland”

Historically, Judea and Samaria were inhabited by the Jewish people hundreds of years before the Muslim conquest of the territory, which had been renamed “Palestine” by the Romans.

The modern state of Israel acquired the territory in 1967 after defeating Jordan in a war during which four Arab nations attacked the Jewish state.

Netanyahu has said he plans to annex the Jordan Valley as well as Jewish towns across Judea and Samaria, which would all but extinguish any possibility of creating a viable Palestinian state.

Shortly before Gantz spoke, Netanyahu issued a statement lauding Trump and saying “an opportunity such as this comes once in history and cannot be missed.”

After announcing he would meet Trump, Gantz reiterated his critique of Netanyahu.

“To promote the ‘deal of the century’ we need to be united under a prime minister who has public legitimacy to implement it,” he said, adding that one under indictment could not be trusted to do so.   ( Please Pray for the Israel )

以色列总理内塔尼亚胡的主要政治对手周六证实,他已接受唐纳德·特朗普总统的华盛顿邀请,并将在总统期待已久的和平计划揭幕之前会见总统。

本尼·甘茨(Benny Gantz)起初倾向于接受副总统迈克·彭斯(Mike Pence)两天前在耶路撒冷向他和内塔尼亚胡共同发出的联合邀请。内塔尼亚胡说,鉴于以色列即将在 3月 2日举行大选,并希望就有望对以色列有利的计划呈现统一战线,他建议在峰会上包括甘茨。

但是在上周末,甘茨的阵营开始泄漏他可能会拒绝竞选,因为他担心内塔尼亚胡利用这次会议作为选举策略,并将竞选活动的重点从腐败指控移交给他。

两位领导人在 2019年两次不确定的选举后仍然陷入僵局,并参与了另一场激烈的竞选活动。

在与顾问的周末磋商中,甘茨显然决定他将与特朗普会面,但仅在周一的一次非公开会议上,此后他计划立即返回以色列领导星期二的议会听证会,以寻求拒绝内塔尼亚胡对以色列豁免权的呼吁。

甘茨在电视直播讲话中说:“特朗普总统制定的和平计划将成为具有历史意义的里程碑,为中东不同参与者最终迈向历史性和区域性协议铺平道路。” “对于以色列的边界,品格及其民主架构而言,这是命运的命运。因此,我决定接受特朗普总统发出的邀请,并在本周一作为以色列最大政党的领导人亲自与他会晤。”

该计划将在特朗普的参议院弹imp案在国会山继续进行时推出,预计将对以色列有利,并使其控制犹太地区和撒马利亚的大部分地区。巴勒斯坦人寻求整个领土,这对以色列来说是“圣经中的心脏地带”

从历史上看,犹太人和撒玛利亚人是在穆斯林征服该领土之前几百年被犹太人居住的地方,罗马人将其改名为“巴勒斯坦”。

以色列现代国家在一场战争中击败约旦后,于1967年获得了领土,在此期间四个阿拉伯国家袭击了这个犹太国家。

内塔尼亚胡表示,他计划吞并约旦河谷以及横跨犹太和撒马利亚的犹太城镇,这几乎将消除建立一个可行的巴勒斯坦国的任何可能性。

甘茨发表讲话前不久,内塔尼亚胡发表声明称赞特朗普,并称“这样的机会在历史上曾来过一次,不能错过。”

在宣布他会见特朗普之后,甘茨重申了他对内塔尼亚胡的批评。

他说:“为了促进’世纪交易’,我们需要团结在具有公开合法性的首相的领导下,”他补充说,被起诉的人不相信这样做。

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