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Critics say United States peace plan is a farce

By J.J. Rhies - May 01, 2019
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [US foreign policy] [Two State Solution]


The United States’ “deal of the century” for Israel-Palestine is a “hoax” according to some experts, Middle East Monitor reported.  


Rabab Abdulhadi, a professor of Arab ethnic and diaspora studies at San Francisco State University, told Anadolu Agency “[t]he deal of the century is a pro-colonialism plan.”


It is an “attempt to divert, derail and liquidate the Palestinian cause,” she added.


The Trump administration - including Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, and Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt - has been prepping the peace deal since early 2017.


The plan would give Israel parts of the West Bank that international law deems “occupied territory,” David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, has previously stated.


Specific details will not be made public, according to Kushner, until after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in early June.


Kushner has previously stated that the deal will require “both sides ... to make difficult concessions,” but that the deal is intended to improve the lives of Palestinians and Israelis alike.


He also suggested a two-state solution is not within reach.


“If people focus on the old traditional talking points, we will never make progress. The Arab peace initiative of 2002, which I think was a very good attempt but if that would have worked it would have made peace a long time ago,” he said.


“We will do something different.”


Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, wrote in April that the U.S. peace deal will not be agreeable to Palestinians.


“It seems Kushner’s main goal is to break the Palestinians’ spirit and their hope for a sovereign state on all territories occupied in 1967, in order to force them to settle for autonomy in parts of these territories with a down-the-road option for a “Gaza first” pseudo-state, conditional on good behaviour,” he opined.  


Gilead Sher, an Israeli peace negotiator and former chief of staff to Ehud Barak, the prime minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001, previously told the Jerusalem Post any Israel-Palestine peace deal must aim to establish two states.


“Any other alternative other than the two-state solution ... would either violate or infringe on the chances for self-determination of the Palestinians in the future, or not allow for Israel to secure for generations its Jewish-democratic character,” he said.


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said earlier this year that Palestinians would resolutely oppose the U.S. deal, especially in light of its recognition of Jerusalem, known as Al-Quds in Arabic, as Israel’s capital in late 2017.


“We have opposed this deal all along because it took Al-Quds out of Palestine, so we did not want the rest of the plan because there is no state without Al-Quds, and there will not be a state in Gaza nor a state without Gaza,” he said.


“Why does President Trump want to talk about any solution or any issue after he transferred the embassy to Al-Quds and recognised Al-Quds as the capital of Israel? Therefore, I do not think there is any point in having a dialogue with him,” he added.



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