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Israel fear US plan to name Jerusalem as capital of Palestine


By Marc Henry - October 25, 2018
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Tags: [US foreign policy] [Jerusalem] [Peace Process]

Israeli officials are concerned the results of the midterm elections in the US could lead to US President Donald Trump acknowledging East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

In an interview with a senior Israeli political source for Yediot Aharonot, speculation arose that if the Republicans have a bad midterm election, pressure is on US President Donald Trump to reach a political settlement between Israel and Palestine.
 
Israel has expressed concern that Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” peace plan will declare Jerusalem the capital of both Palestine and Israel in an effort to persuade Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table.
 
“Trump wants a deal, and he is very serious,” the senior Israeli official told Yediot Aharonot.
“To the Americans, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is relatively easy to solve.”
 
The change of tactics to the peace plan, including Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, comes after relations have soured between the PA and the Trump administration.
 
The Palestinians have been boycotting Washington since US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the embassy there.
 
Furthermore, the boycott was met by the Trump administration with a series of punitive measures against the Palestinians in an attempt to pressure them back into the peace negotiations.
 
While Yediot Aharonot was the first media to break the news of Jerusalem as the potential capital of Palestine, Arutz Sheva Sunday revealed that for the time being, the possibility of Washington recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state is not being considered.
 
“Our statement on Jerusalem was clear and accompanied by the relocation of the embassy. Such assessments are as good as those we heard about the peace plan, which is in the final stages of formulation and which we are discussing with Israel,” a US Administration told Arutz Sheva.
 
Exact details about Trump’s peace plan have yet to be unveiled. However, last week US envoy Jason Greenblatt revealed in an interview that the plan includes a provision for Palestinian Arab unity.
 
“Let’s be clear about something: Gaza and the West Bank have been separated for 10 years, not only physically, but politically – between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. It is absurd to deny that reality,” he told Yediot Aharonot.
 
“In contrast, our peace plan intends to bring them together. Make no mistake; we are in this to help all Palestinians, in both the West Bank and Gaza.”
 
The Americans are planning to release the plan by the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

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