US President finally revealed his Middle East peace plan involving traditional arch-rivals Israel and Palestine. This was over-due for two years. Interestingly Trump found it suitable to announce his intent to reveal the proposal a few days before the Israeli PM Netanyahu is set to visit White House. The peace proposal is said to be 12 pages long and designed primarily by Trump’s son-in-law, who also happens to be Trump’s advisor.
The White House invited Israeli politicians, to reveal the same. However, none of the Palestinian leaders were invited for the occasion. Trump did clarify the situation stating that the US government had spoken to the Palestinians, who rejected the proposal outright.
A Palestinian spokesperson confirmed the same stating that Israel and the U.S. administration should not cross any red lines. The demarcation of the red-line would include the future of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which Palestinians want in its entirety as part of a future state, and Jerusalem, the eastern part of which Palestinians want as a future capital.
EU SLAMS US PEACE PROPOSAL
The European Union stands with Palestine and has rejected Trump’s peace proposal. The economic reforms proposed in the peace proposal have already been revealed about what the peace proposal wants to do. Palestine was hoping for a two-state solution as was the EU. The two-state policy would ensure that both states are able to co-inhabit in peace and harmony.
The peace proposal is slammed by the EU on the grounds that it digresses from the international agreements on Israel-Palestine ties.
Trump’s peace proposal advocates giving Israel control over Jewish settlements on the West Bank and Jordan Valley, while also calling for a Palestinian state. It was rejected by Palestinian leadership both prior to and after its unveiling.
In a statement released by the EU, its foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the plan does not adhere to the “internationally agreed parameters.” He further added that to build an environment of lasting peace, both the countries must sit together and engage in direct negotiations.
Israel has lost its cool over this and called out Josep Borrell by stating that for someone as new as Borell to use a threatening language is odd.
Palestinian current demands include:
- Regaining control over all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This area was captured by Israel in 1967.
- They are also calling for an independent state and the removal of more than 700,000 Israeli settlers from those areas.
Talks in between Israel and Palestine have also failed earlier.