Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

President Donald Trump unveiled his administration’s Middle East peace plan alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday. 

“Today Israel takes a big step towards peace,” Trump said. 

“Young people across the Middle East are ready for a more hopeful future and governments throughout the region are realizing that terrorism and Islamic extremism are everyone’s common enemy.”

“It’s been a very long and arduous process to arrive at this moment. On Sunday I delivered to Prime Minister Netanyahu my vision of peace and prosperity, and a brighter future for Israelis and Palestinians. This vision for peace is fundamentally different from past proposals. In the past, even the most well intentioned plans were light on factual details and heavy on conceptual frameworks.”

The administration’s ”vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides, a realistic two-state solution that resolves the risk of Palestinian statehood to Israel’s security,” Trump added. 

Trump said that on Monday both Netanyahu and Benny Gantz — Netanyahu’s rival in upcoming elections — both expressed “their support for this effort, proving that the state of Israel is looking for peace and peace transcends politics by any measure.” 

He joked that Gantz and Netanyahu are engaged in the “longest-running election of all time.”