Trump unveils Middle East peace plan, hosts Netanyahu, Gantz

President Donald Trump unveiled details of his administration’s long-stalled plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday, though the proposal’s critics warned before its release it has little chance of success because of its pro-Israel slant

Trump’s plan is intended to defuse decades of hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians. In a surprise move, the initiative called for an independent Palestine sitting alongside Israel – a “two-state” solution – with East Jerusalem serving as its capital. A “two-state” solution has been a hallmark of Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives for years, but ahead of the plan’s release there was speculation Trump might omit it. 

Details about the initiative’s economic proposals, including $50 billion in infrastructure spending and investment over 10 years for the Palestinian territories and neighbors Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, have been previously announced. 

But the plan’s political aspects have been a closely guarded secret. Its release, after three years in the making, comes as Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival Benny Gantz at the White House to discuss the plan. It was not clear if an invitation was extended to Palestinian leaders. 

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Trump described his plan as a “historic breakthrough” and said he had written to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, saying that territory set aside for the Palestinian state would remain open for a “transition” period of four years in what amounts to a four-year freeze in new Israeli settlement construction. 

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