Under the new Middle Eastern plan, Washington plans to acknowledge the presence of settlements on the West Bank, but as critics could put it right the new plan seems to favour Israel more than the Palestinians.
However, the saving grace here is that the Palestinian people can now look forward to statehood.
Trump has proposed a Palestinian state double the size of the existing Palestinian territories. This is finally good news for the Palestinians who have been fighting for legitimacy. They could also look at having East Jerusalem as its capital with America offering a US Embassy there. Also proposed were high-speed rail links between Palestinian areas and a tunnel linking the West Bank and Gaza and $50 billion in economic aid.
Further, the plan proposes that there would be a four-year ban on Israeli settlement building on land earmarked for a Palestinian state along with continued oversight by Jordan of Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
With the proposed plan, Trump intends to end Palestinian dependency on foreign aid and give the people a status of respect and sovereignty that they deserve. It seems the Palestinian people have not agreed to the proposed plan.
According to them, the plan is tilted more to favor Israel. The plan also proposes that major Israeli settlements would remain, puncturing large parts of Palestine, Israel would take control of the whole Jordan Valley, and the refugee issue will be “settled outside Israel.” Amongst the august gathering that comprised Netanyahu and leaders from other Middle Eastern countries, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was nowhere to be seen. Trump has sounded the bugle of peace saying that Washington would stand by Palestine should they desire peace.
Political critics call this an open threat too. In response, Abbas said on television, the plan was based on a unified Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel is “enough for us to reject it.”
In Lebanon, there was an outcry against the proposed plan. The Palestinian ambassador to the UK Husam Zumlot has been right in saying to the media that “There are 13 million Palestinians in Palestine and the world, and the very fact that the American administration couldn’t find a single Palestinian to appear in that White House room says volumes about the one-sidedness of the deal.”
Undeniably, it could be Trump that told Netanyahu to withdraw his immunity plea, should be want to appear like a fool fighting for a share in the Middle Eastern plan when back home, he had given others enough leave a way to oust him for dictatorship styled leadership. Now, the tables have turned and he looks all shiny clean to assume ownership in the new scheme of things.
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