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Israeli Leaders in Washington for ‘Deal of the Century’ Announcement

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27 Jan 2020
Israeli Leaders in Washington for ‘Deal of the Century’ Announcement
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz were in Washington Monday for separate meetings with US President Donald Trump regarding the so-called “Deal of the Century” plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elements of the plan are expected to be released Tuesday during a joint press conference Trump and Netanyahu are scheduled to give. Prior to their arrival at the White House, Trump publicly declared to the two Israeli officials that “You have six weeks to get this [plan] going – if you want it.”

“This is an opportunity that comes once in history, and we cannot miss it,” Netanyahu said in a video posted to social media Saturday evening. “We have the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House, and therefore, we have the best opportunity we ever had.”

For his part, Gantz thanked Trump for the invitation and praised him for his strong support of Israel, but warned that the “Deal of the Century” would likely prompt “a large and painful internal argument” within Israel but that he (Gantz) had committed himself to “reduce this dispute to a minimum.” He also acknowledged Palestinian objections to the plan, which have amounted to outright rejection even before the plan is released. Trump told reporters over the weekend that he expected initial hostility to the plan from the Palestinian leadership but that they’d eventually accept it as “it's actually very positive for them."

However, amidst calls by some Palestinian factions for massive protests and violence to “resist” the plan, the IDF announced over the weekend that it is taking extra precautions.

Violence Intensifies in Several Iraqi Cities
Amidst lingering tensions between the US and Iran, three Katyusha rockets landed inside the US Embassy compound in Baghdad on Sunday evening, causing some damage and at least one injury, according to Iraqi media sources. Leaders of Iranian-backed Shi’ite terror militias active in Iraq have called for mass protests to evict US forces from the country in the coming days. However, large-scale protests against them and their Iranian patrons have also continued in recent days in several Iraqi cities, accompanied by violent confrontations which have killed several people.

Israel Offers Assistance to Turkey Following Earthquake
An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale killed at least 38 people and injured many more in Turkey's Elazig province last Friday, prompting Israel and other neighboring countries to offer assistance. "We are anxiously tracking the developments," wrote MDA director-general Eli Bin in a letter to Turkish Red Crescent president Dr. Kerem Kinik on Saturday. "This is a significant earthquake that requires a large-scale response and collaboration between a large number of organizations.”

"I view this as an opportunity for collaboration and offer all assistance towards saving lives anywhere in the world. This is how MDA has operated in the past and will continue to do so," stated Bin.

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Israelis Welcome Break from Severe Winter Weather
Israelis were relieved on Sunday morning as a break in the inclement weather brought some relief from what has been, by most standards, the harshest winter in almost 30 years. Record low temperatures combined with heavy precipitation and winds have led to several deaths and widespread property damage, but over the weekend nearly 100,000 Israelis took advantage of warmer temperatures and clear skies to visit national parks and otherwise enjoy the outdoors.

Israelis Allowed to Visit Saudi Arabia
In the latest sign of thawing relations between Israel and its Sunni Arab neighbors, Interior Minister Arye Deri authorized an initial batch of Israeli citizens to visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The visitors reportedly include business people interested in joint ventures with their Saudi counterparts as well as Moslem citizens who with to visit Saudi Arabia for religious pilgrimages. Visitors must still secure permission from Saudi authorities.

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