Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was present at the White House briefing. by the Forward

Here are the first reactions to Trump’s peace plan

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In a briefing at the East Room of the White House, President Trump unveiled a new peace plan that would preserve Israeli control of Jerusalem and settlements in the West Bank, while endorsing a Palestinian state and promising billions in dollars to help develop it. Even before the speech had ended, journalists, commentators, and thinkers had already begun to share their first reactions on Twitter. Here’s what some of them were saying.

Before the briefing began, reporters noted the presence of pro-Israel philanthropists Sheldon and Miri Adelson, as well as Jared and Ivanka Kushner, Republican members of Congress like Ted Cruz, and evangelical leaders like former Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed.

The Israeli press turned out in force.

Jill Jacobs of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights had a Talmud-based take.

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank had praise for the deal.

But Forward columnist Muhammad Shehada described it as a precursor to annexation of the West Bank.

And Reuters correspondent Luke Baker thought the speech raised more questions than it answered.

Journalist Noga Tarnopolsky noted Trump’s reference to Christian religious leaders attending the briefing.

The Washington Examiner’s Seth Mandel predicted the media reaction would be negative — and had scorn for the doomsayers.

Almost everyone had something to say about Trump’s reference to the “al-Aqua Mosque” (he was referring to the al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem).

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