White House Intends to Release a Statement About Mideast Peace Plan Soon, Israeli Officials Believe
The White House intends to release a statement regarding President Donald Trump's Mideast peace plan soon, Israeli officials believe.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz are expected to fly out to Washington next week to discuss the details of the U.S. administration's plan to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict, according to the officials.
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Meanwhile, Kahol Lavan argued that the White House is coming to Netanyahu's rescue by trying to delay Knesset discussions regarding the premier's request for immunity in the three corruption cases against him.
"Once Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announced that the Knesset would begin discussions on whether to grant Netanyahu immunity on Tuesday, our assessment was that he did so while knowing that Netanyahu and Gantz will be invited to Washington," Kahol Lavan said in a statement.
Kahol Lavan added they have no intention of postponing the discussion next week.
Far-right Yamina party leader and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser "Jared Kushner and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman are true friends of Israel. Our country may be facing a historic opportunity, alongside significant risks, but Yamina will continue standing on guard."
Bennett emphasized that his party "wouldn't allow giving away land to Arabs or establishing a Palestinian state," adding he will "address the peace plan once it's published in detail."