US Plan To End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Called ‘Nonsense’ And ‘Fraud’


By Shakir Husain
(Special to India Tomorrow)

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29—US President Donald Trump’s plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been rejected by the Palestinians and influential regional players such as Turkey and Iran.

“After the nonsense that we heard today we say a thousand nos to the Deal of the Century,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday as the plan was unveiled.

The United States released its proposals that allow Israel to annex Jewish settlements it has built illegally in the occupied territory and keep Arab East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

“The so-called US peace plan is stillborn. This is an annexation plan aiming to destroy the two-state solution and seize the Palestinian territories. The people and the land of Palestine cannot be bought off,” Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“Jerusalem is our red line. We will not allow any step seeking to legitimize Israel’s occupation and atrocities. We will always stand by the brotherly Palestinian people and will continue to work for an independent Palestine on Palestinian land,” the Turkish government said.

The plan, if implemented, would create a nominal sovereign Palestinian state living at the mercy of Israel and gives the Jewish state almost total security control to subjugate Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority and the resistance movement Hamas were united in their rejection of the US proposal in which Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner played a key role.

Kushner and the US are banking on roping in countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to secure them Palestinian acquiescence.

The plan looks so plainly bad that it is unlikely the Palestinian leadership would agree to consider it no matter what blandishments, threats and manipulations are used by Arab power brokers.

It reads like a surrender document, with one Israeli newspaper article headline calling the plan “a recipe for war” rather than peace.

It was announced at a ceremony in Washington attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli leader was happy with the proposal, describing it “a realistic path to a durable peace.”

The proposed Palestinian state has been compared to the bantustans in apartheid South Africa as it doesn’t create a contiguous territory and hands over huge land to Israel it didn’t possess before 1967.

The plan, replete with a language that would please the expansionist security establishment of Israel, does not give Palestinian refugees the right to return and denies Gaza access to a seaport, along with placing too many ridiculous conditions on how the Palestinian state would function.

“A realistic solution would give the Palestinians all the power to govern themselves but not the powers to threaten Israel. This necessarily entails the limitations of certain sovereign powers in the Palestinian areas such as maintenance of Israeli security responsibility and Israeli control of the airspace west of the Jordan River,” the US document reads.

The Palestinian state will also not have control over its territorial waters.

Palestinian factions have shunned their differences in rejecting the deal described as the “Fraud of the Century” in response to the Trump-Kushner marketing plan of the “Deal of the Century”.

“When we are united, neither Netanyahu nor Trump dares to take away our rights,” senior Hamas official Khalil Al Hayya said.

Palestinians want their state to be set up along the borders before the 1967 war in which Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

“The so-called ‘Vision for Peace’ is simply the dream project of a bankruptcy-ridden real estate developer. But it is a nightmare for the region and the world. And, hopefully, a wake-up call for all the Muslims who have been barking up the wrong tree,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a tweet.

Egypt, which has a peace treaty with Israel and maintains close relations with the Pentagon, called on Palestinians and Israelis to carefully consider the proposed plan.

“We appreciate the continued efforts of the US to reach comprehensive and just peace for Palestinian cause,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.

It is widely believed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and his Abu Dhabi counterpart Mohammed Bin Zayed support the Trump-Kushner deal and they may work behind the scenes to get more countries agree to it.

Arabs on social media mocked the plan by saying it creates two states but the “two states are Israel.”

Such criticism and the amount of distrust at the past broken promises of Israel, the US and oil-rich Arab power brokers make it unlikely the Trump proposal would find Palestinian acceptance.

(Shakir Husain is an Indian journalist based in New Delhi. He works for Malaysian news agency Bernama and contributes articles on international affairs to Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper.)


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