The Israeli Security Cabinet will gather today for a special meeting ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Washington, DC. Meanwhile, Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett is pressuring Netanyahu to back down from the idea of establishing a Palestinian state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to Washington, DC tomorrow (Monday) ahead of his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. However, Netanyahu is coming under attack from right-wing politicians in Israel ahead of this important meeting. Today, Netanyahu will hold a Security Cabinet meeting during which Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett is expected to demand that he take advantage of the new U.S. administration and reject the idea of a two-state solution at the White House.
Netanyahu is expected to discuss with Trump several topics including both Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, he is expected to demand that Iranian forces stay out of Syria. Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi and Likud members are demanding that Netanyahu not hold back in the meeting with Trump.
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“If their statement includes a commitment to establishing a Palestinian state or a ‘two-state solution’ in one wording or another, we will all feel this on our backs in the coming years,” wrote Bennett on his Facebook page. “The earth will tremble. If Israel chooses during the Trump-Netanyahu era to establish a Palestinian state, there is no turning back. 50 years of settlements will be in danger.”
Bennett will most likely try to pressure Netanyahu in this direction during the meeting. However, sources close to the Israeli prime minister criticized Bennett. “Bennett thinks that he manages the prime minister,” said a senior-level Israeli diplomat. “Statements made by ministers before the closed-door meeting with Trump will most likely harm the meeting.”