Trump, Netanyahu to Announce Middle East Peace Plan From the White House

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Posted: Jan 27, 2020 2:00 PM
Trump, Netanyahu to Announce Middle East Peace Plan From the White House

Source: (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sitting in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday morning, President Donald Trump stated he will announce a long awaited Middle East peace plan at the White House on Tuesday. 

"It's an honor to have Prime Minister Netanyahu, a great friend of mine and a great friend of our country.  We’ve had a tremendous almost three-year relationship. I’ve known you many years before that, but this was three years of primetime, and we’ve done a lot for Israel. And the relationship, I think, has never been better," Trump said. "We're going to be discussing Mideast peace. We're going to be announcing a plan tomorrow at twelve o’clock.  And that’s a plan that Bibi and his opponent, I must say, have to like very much.  And I can say, in terms of Bibi, he does.  And I think in terms of his opponent, he does too.  I’ll be meeting with him in a little while." 

"I'm very honored to be here. I look forward to making history with you tomorrow. I think we'll talk about the plan. I'll talk about the plan, vision, which is historic," Netanyahu said. "I just want to say two words. Thank you. Thank you for everything that you have done for Israel."

"Thank you Mr. President for your bold decisions and your bold actions. On behalf of the State of Israel, I want to thank you everything that you have done for Israel," he continued. 

President Trump is meeting with Netanyahu and his political opponent, Benny Gantz, separately at the White House today ahead of the plan's release. Netanyahu and Gantz are locked into a battle for prime minister as Israel heads into its third election, scheduled for March, in three years. 

Meanwhile the Palestinians, led by Mahmoud Abbas, refused to participate in any negotiation leading up to the plan and are already calling it "art of the fraud." 

This post has been updated with additional quotes.