US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, ignoring accusations of pro-Israeli bias, will unveil what he says is a peace plan that can solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Long-held secret, the plan was to be aired by Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in joint public remarks at the White House.
Given that it has been emphatically rejected by the Palestinians, the latest of many US proposals to address the bitter, multi-generational Middle East conflict, might seem to have little future.
In Gaza, thousands protested, burning pictures of Trump and the American flag. In a rare event, rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah were set to meet in the West Bank city of Ramallah to discuss a response.
Russia, a growing force in Mideast politics, sounded skeptical, with its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying initial indications reflected 'an approach that is totally different from what has been recognized by the international community'.
Netanyahu's office said he would travel to Moscow on Wednesday to present the plan in person to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump insists he is optimistic and whatever happens, both he and On Monday, Trump also met separately with Gantz, but the limelight fell almost entirely on the incumbent Prime Minister - as will any political dividends from a peace plan favoring Israel.
No Palestinians have been invited to the White House event.