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MIDDLE EAST: Trump - "I have a dream" as he finally unveils his vision for peace in the Middle-East

Daily Geopolitical News
Trump finally releases long-awaited Middle-East peace plan
By GEO´ Newsteam & Iain Fraser, Editor-at-large
City of London Newsroom

US President Donald Trump has finally released his long-awaited vision for peace in the Middle East with a promise to keep Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital..

Standing shoulder to shoulder with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House,
Mr Trump told officials and reporters that his proposals "could be the last opportunity" for Palestinians.



He went on to say "Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace," "My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides, a realistic two-state solution that resolves the risk of Palestinian statehood to Israel's security."

"The joint announcement came as both Mr Trump and Mr Netanyahu faced political challenges at home. Mr Trump is the subject of an impeachment trial in the US Senate while the Israeli PM on Tuesday dropped his bid for immunity on corruption charges. Both men deny any wrongdoing ..."

 TRUMPS KEY PROPOSALS

  • That the US will recognise Israeli sovereignty over territory that Mr Trump's plan envisages being part of Israel. The plan includes a conceptual map that Mr Trump says illustrates the territorial compromises that Israel is willing to make.
  • The map will "more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem", where Mr Trump says the US would open an embassy. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) said Mr Trump's plan would give Palestinians control over 15% of what it called "historic Palestine".
  • Jerusalem "will remain Israel's undivided capital". Both Israel and the Palestinians hold competing claims to the holy city. The Palestinians insist that East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war, be the capital of their future state. 
  •  An opportunity for Palestinians to "achieve an independent state of their very own" - however, he gave few details.
  • "No Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes" - suggesting that existing Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will remain.
  • Israel will work with the king of Jordan to ensure that the status quo governing the key holy site in Jerusalem known to Jews as the Temple Mount and al-Haram al-Sharif to Muslims is preserved. Jordan runs the religious trust that administers the site.
  • Territory allocated to Palestinians in Mr Trump's map "will remain open and undeveloped for a period of four years". During that time, Palestinians can study the deal, negotiate with Israel, and "achieve the criteria for statehood".

However the release of the long-awaited peace plan coincides badly with reports said Mr Netanyahu was planning to press ahead with annexing 30% of the occupied West Bank, with a cabinet vote due on Sunday. More than 400,000 Israelis live in West Bank settlements. Those settlements are
considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.


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