בני גנץ ב בית הלבן ב פגישה עם נשיא ארצות הברית דונלד טראמפ
Blue & White Chairman Benny Gantz and U.S. President Donald Trump
Photo: Elad Malka
Blue & White Chairman Benny Gantz and U.S. President Donald Trump

Gantz intends to implement Trump plan immediately after elections

Former IDF chief calls for shared dialogue with Palestinians and neighboring countries; suggests release of Israeli captives in Gaza should be included in peace plan

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 01.27.20 , 23:54
Blue & White Chairman Benny Gantz said on Monday that he will work to implement Trump's peace plan for the Middle East immediately after the elections in March.
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  • "The president's peace plan is a significant and historic milestone, indeed," Gantz told reporters at his Washington hotel after his meeting with Trump. "Immediately after the elections, I will work toward implementing it from within a stable functioning Israeli government, in tandem with other countries in our region."
    בני גנץ ב בית הלבן ב פגישה עם נשיא ארצות הברית דונלד טראמפבני גנץ ב בית הלבן ב פגישה עם נשיא ארצות הברית דונלד טראמפ
    Blue & White Chairman Benny Gantz and U.S. President Donald Trump
    (Photo: Elad Malka)
    Gantz said he and Trump discussed "matters of the utmost importance to Israel's future and security," but he would not disclose any further details for the time being.
    בני גנץ ב בית הלבן לאחר ה פגישה עם נשיא ארצות הברית דונלד טראמפבני גנץ ב בית הלבן לאחר ה פגישה עם נשיא ארצות הברית דונלד טראמפ
    Benny Gantz addressing reporters after meeting with Trump
    (Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld)
    "During the meeting, we talked about the importance of a shared dialogue with the Palestinians, the other countries in the region and Jordanian King Abdullah II," said Gantz.
    Gantz thanked Trump for his "deep support and for the citizens and security of Israel, especially with the U.S. assistance against the Iranian threat and its proxies, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and moving the American embassy to Jerusalem."
    The former IDF chief said that he emphasized the issue of the Israelis held in Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip, stressing that their release should be included in the plan.
    הבית הלבן פגישה בנימין נתניהו ו דונלנד טראמפ נשיא ארצות הבריתהבית הלבן פגישה בנימין נתניהו ו דונלנד טראמפ נשיא ארצות הברית
    U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before their meeting on Monday
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Gantz also addressed Netanyahu's bid to score parliamentary immunity from graft charges he faces, which will be discussed on Tuesday at the Knesset plenum.
    "No one has the right to lead an entire country at such complex times, both politically and security-wise, while he's completely dedicated to his personal interests."
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien were also present at the meeting.
    After meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier Monday, Trump announced he will officially publish the plan's details on Tuesday.
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