Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, US News, Israel Story

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration’s much-anticipated Mideast peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Odds of it taking shape, though, appear long, given the Palestinians’ preemptive rejection of of the plan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s shaky political standing. For both men, the White House summit looks to be a welcome diversion. Trump is expected to present the proposal alongside the Netanyahu at noon Tuesday. The event comes the same day as Trump’s impeachment trial continues in the Senate and the Israeli parliament holds a hearing to discuss Netanyahu’s request for immunity from criminal corruption charges. The proposal is expected to be very favorable to Israel, and Netanyahu has hailed it as a chance to “make history” and define Israel’s final borders. Trump insists it has a chance despite skepticism. “It’s been worked on by everybody and we’ll see whether or not it catches hold. If it does, that would be great and if it doesn’t, we can live with it, too. But I think it might have a chance,” he said Monday alongside Netanyahu. A key element will be whether the proposal includes an American approval to any Israeli annexation of the West Bank. In the run-up to Israel’s March 2 election, Netanyahu has called for annexing parts of the West Bank and imposing Israeli sovereignty on all its settlements there. Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war, and the Jordan Valley in particular is considered…

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