İrem UZUN -TDO- President Donald Trump is meeting with the leaders of Israel's two largest parties at the White House Monday, as he prepares to present the administration's Mideast peace plan. Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before meeting with Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz, Netanyahu's rival in the upcoming March election. The meeting with Netanyahu was scheduled to last for over an hour, while the meeting with Gantz was scheduled to last between 30 to 45 minutes. After another meeting on Tuesday, Netanyahu and Trump are set to hold a joint press appearance, during which details of the administration's plan are expected to become public.
Standing beside Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Trump said the plan would be announced on Tuesday at noon. "And it's a very big plan," he said, adding he had already secured Netanyahu's support. He said the initiative was something the Palestinian's "should want" but acknowledged they "won't want it initially". "I think in the end they will. I think in the end they're going to want it. It's very good for them," he said.
In his remarks, Trump said he hoped Netanyahu would implement the plan in the next few weeks. It was not clear if he meant Israel unilaterally imposing the proposals or persuading the Palestinians to agree within that timeframe. About the plan, the Palestinian prime minister called on Monday for world powers to boycott the initiative. "This is a plan to protect Trump from impeachment and protect Netanyahu from prison. It is not a Middle East peace plan," Mohammad Shtayyeh told a cabinet meeting.