Boris Johnson praises Donald Trump's plan for peace in the Middle East
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 30, 2020,
Jan 30, 2020, 0:26
The Palestinians would only be allowed to declare a capital in outer parts of east Jerusalem beyond an Israeli security wall. This means for the first time, the leaders of Israel have not only endorsed the creation of a future Palestinian state, but a map and a process. And he predicted that Israel will not rush to apply sovereignty over all the settlements in the West Bank as long as Trump is in office.
The Trump administration spent three years working on the 80-page plan.
The Palestinians view the settlements in the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem - territories seized by Israel in the 1967 war - as a major obstacle to peace.
But such drastic moves would risk further undermining the worldwide consensus around solving the conflict, which largely supports the Palestinians' goal of an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
He called on the PA leadership to "read the details" of the Trump plan,"stop posturing, and do what's best to try to make the Palestinian people's lives better". If implemented, the plan will ensure Palestinian refugees have the choice to return to the state of Palestine, integrate in the countries where they now reside, or resettle in a third country other than Israel. "It is realistic for hundreds of thousands of Israelis in West Bank not to be forced to relocate", he said.
The foundation for our vision is a two-state solution and mutual recognition. Kushner accused them at the time of making a strategic mistake.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the plan was no more than a way to, in his words, "finish off the Palestinian cause".
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Netanyahu said he agreed to negotiate with the Palestinians because the plan struck a balance between the sides.
"Of course we would like to see a strong, large opposition to this Trump plan", he said with Tunisian U.N. Ambassador Moncef Baati, now serving a two-year term on the Security Council, standing beside him.
"The real question is where this will push the Palestinian movement".
Corbyn hit back that Trump's plan "will not bring any move towards peace, has no support from any Palestinian anywhere in the world".
Who was in the room: Participants included the ambassadors of Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates; Conference of Presidents CEO designate William Daroff, executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein and chairman Arthur Stark; the Orthodox Union's executive director for public policy, Nathan Diament; Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein; Jewish Federations of North America CEO Eric Fingerhut; Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Yeshiva University president Ari Berman, JINSA president and CEO Michael Makovsky; Abba Cohen, the Washington director of Agudath Israel of America; Marty Oliner, president of Religious Zionists of America; Family Research Council president Tony Perkins; KAIROS Company founder Johnnie Moore; Pastor Robert Jeffress, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed; and former Rep. Michelle Bachmann.
But some Palestinian leaders have refused to work with the U.S. They dismissed the peace plan even before it was publicly released. Palestinian negotiators want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.
To the extent that the plan, at least on paper, calls for two states, it may attract some global support or at least be immune to outright rejection.