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Gantz caught in Trump and Netanyahu's peace plan ambush

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz have been invited to the White House on the same day the Knesset is set to discuss Netanyahu’s request for immunity involving corruption charges.

This is how things look at the moment from the perspective of Blue and White’s leadership, which has been rapidly losing altitude over the past few days: President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” is not a historic Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal, but a deal between Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In short, the president is rescuing Netanyahu from his political death, and in return, Netanyahu will help Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, using all the tools at his disposal (and he has quite a few) to mobilize the evangelical component of Trump's base, and that's just for starters.

Trump is trying to prove his vitality and responsible leadership at the height of his Senate impeachment trial by hosting Netanyahu along with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at the White House on Jan. 28 to present his Middle East peace plan. Meanwhile, Netanyahu is pounding the Blue and White election agenda into dust and throwing the Knesset discussions over his immunity from prosecution into the political trash bin. On Jan. 28 in the United States, television screens will be split between the impeachment trial and the White House summit. In Israel, screens will be split three-ways: on the right, Trump’s trial; on the left, Netanyahu’s immunity proceedings; and in the middle, Netanyahu, king of the White House.

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