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Trumps’s unveiled Middle East Peace Plan sees widespread condemnation

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AmericasCurrentMiddle East

Trumps’s unveiled Middle East Peace Plan sees widespread condemnation

Part of the Middle East Peace Plan aims to refuse the “right of return” to Palestinian refugees who lost homes during previous conflicts with Israel, establish Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital, and recognize a majority of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank as part of Israel, despite the fact that international law has claimed these settlements to be illegal.

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Part of the Middle East Peace Plan aims to refuse the “right of return” to Palestinian refugees who lost homes during previous conflicts with Israel, establish Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital, and recognize a majority of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank as part of Israel, despite the fact that international law has claimed these settlements to be illegal.

US President Donald Trump has unveiled his new Middle East Peace Plan, which has essentially granted Israel full claims over its long-held demands. Alleging that Palestine would have a potential “state” with severe restrictions, this Peace Plan has little to almost no support for any Palestinian rights. Announcing this new deal next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Palestinian leaders and supporters boycotted the event, claiming blatant bias throughout the peace plan.

In short, the Middle East Peace Plan plans to:

  • Establish Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital.
  • Recognize a majority of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank as part of Israel, despite the fact that international law has claimed these settlements to be illegal.
  • Recognize the Jordan Valley (currently making up to around a third of the occupied West Bank) as officially part of Israel.
  • Establish a path to a potential semi-statehood for Palestine, but without a standing army and with Israeli security control in many areas of Palestine.
  • A “complete dismantling of Hamas” as part of the path towards a possible statehood for Palestine.
  • Possible move towards stripping Israeli citizenship from the tens of thousands of Arab Israelis who live in border towns alongside the border between Israel and occupied Palestine.
  • Refuse the “right of return” to Palestinian refugees who lost homes during previous conflicts with Israel.

At the event Netanyahu claimed that this proposal is “a great plan for Israel, it’s a great plan for peace”, and turning to Trump, stated “you have been the greatest friend that Israel has ever had in the White House”. Speaking to reporters, Netanyahu also announced that he would take immediate steps to annex the Jordan Valley as soon as next week.

Rightfully so, human rights activists, academics, politicians, and Palestinians from around the world have condemned Trump’s Peace Plan, stating the obvious factor of little to no recognition and protection of Palestinian rights or security in the new plan.

There were also small protests across the West Bank in Palestine, demonstrating against Trump’s supposed Peace Plan. Palestinian Prime Minster Mohammad Shtayyeh also stated: “This is a plan to protect Trump from impeachment and protect Netanyahu from prison. It is not a Middle East peace plan”.

As Trump and Netanyahu continue to flaunt international law and play ignorant to the suffering of the Palestinian people, the majority of the world remains silent when it comes to the protection of Palestinian lives, land, and heritage. It remains to be seen what will become of the Middle East Peace Plan, as the White House takes the plan to Palestinian heads of government.

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