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Trump's Middle East plan calls for significant Palestinian concessions

by Betül Duru - Staff Writer
Wed, Feb 19th 2020 12:00 pm
The so called `Deal of the Century` from
the Trump administration aims to resolve issues raised by aggressive Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory. Photo Courtesy of Google Images
The so called "Deal of the Century" from the Trump administration aims to resolve issues raised by aggressive Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory. Photo Courtesy of Google Images

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 Trump declared a “peace plan” that would bring “peace and prosperity” to the Middle East and between Israel and Palestine. However, when you listen to President Donald Trump’s speech and look at the declared map it’s obvious this plan will bring peace and prosperity to only Israel. 

“Trump’s plan envisions a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over key parts of the West Bank to Israel,” according to AP News. “It sides with Israel on key contentious issues that have bedeviled past peace efforts, including borders and the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements, and attaches nearly impossible conditions for granting the Palestinians their hoped-for state.” 

While Trump was presenting the peace plan, Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu was present and voiced his hopes and wishes for the peace plan. 

“Mr. President your deal of the century is the opportunity of the century. Israel will not miss this opportunity. ” 

The Palesinian President Mahmoud Abbas was curiously missing from the “deal of a century.” There were many people present including representatives of Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. But there wasn’t anyone representing the other half of the deal, Palestine. 

“We say 1,000 no’s to the Deal of the Century, Abbas said, using a nickname for Trump’s proposal,” according to AP News. “We will not kneel and we will not surrender,” he said, adding that the Palestinians would resist the plan through “peaceful, popular means.” 

The official plan consists of 80 pages, 30 for an economic plan and 50 for a political plan. It has detailed answers to what will happen to Jerusalem, the border, refugees and everything between. The biggest problem with this plan is that it favors Israel and is trying to force Palestine into an unfavorable position. All throughout his speech Trump was trying to highlight the “positive” opportunities Palestinians would receive from this plan while butchering it. In his speech Trump made several claims. 

“This map will more than double palestinian territory,” Trump said in his recorded speech, according to the BBC. 

Although technically there might be an increase in the territory, in no way is it being “doubled.” Palestine’s access to the world will be cut short if this plan is accepted. It’s border with Jordan will be taken over by Israel. Palestinians will not have any access to the rest of the world without any border with anybody else and no airport as their last airport was destroyed by Israeli forces in 2000. 

Both Trump and Netanyahu want to sell the plan that gives equal rights to the citizens of both countries but while the Israeli people will receive their peaceful state, the Palestinians will live in a police state with “Israeli enclaves” at every turn. 

“The proposed Palestinian state would also include more than a dozen Israeli “enclaves” with the entity’s borders monitored by Israel,” according to AP News. “It would be demilitarized and give Israel overall security control. In addition, the areas of east Jerusalem offered to the Palestinians consist of poor, crowded neighborhoods located behind a hulking concrete separation barrier.” 

To soften the blow President Trump added that “America will proudly open an embassy,” in its capital. It seems the only advantage the Palestinians will receive is being accepted as a country at last. But they will lose everything else in the process and if they refuse this offer they will not be any better. 

“Essentially the Palestinians have been told to take it or leave it,” according to BBC. “They are being given a surrender document, told to accept that Israel has won, and with its American friends will shape the future. If Palestinians refuse, the message continues, Israel will still get what it wants and they will be even worse off.” 

The real question is if Palestine will be forced to accept their faith and fade into obscurity as time passes, lost inside Israel with no access to anywhere. 

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