Trump's Middle East peace plan expands Israeli territory and paves the way for a Palestinian state

Joshua Fitch

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced a promised Middle East peace plan, whose implementation will allow Palestine to be a conditional path to statehood while recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over much of the West Bank.

The President briefly outlined the elements of the proposal covering the future Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem during the White House event with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump said a long-term plan without Palestinian support would require concessions from both parties.

“Our proposal provides an accurate technical solution to make Israel, Palestine and the region safer and more successful,” Trump said. “As I have seen in my long career as a dealmaker, complex problems require factual and nuanced solutions.

The White House then said Israel had agreed to four years of “freezing above the ground” for the territory designated as part of a possible Palestinian state in the plan – although this did not appear to apply to settlements in areas where this might not have happened. Israeli control, according to a proposal which, according to one employee, can cover up to 30 percent of the West Bank.

According to the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman added that the prerequisites for Palestinian statehood would include “the elimination of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups” and the development of a government system that meets international human rights and standards. Fulfilled religious freedom, legal administration and the fight against corruption.

Trump called the proposal, led by White House son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, “an agreement of the century” which highlighted the prospect of an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians as one of its highlights. Priority since the first day of his reign – although most observers say the plan was dead when he arrived.

Palestinians who openly criticized the plan did not participate in the process and refused to meet with Trump administration officials after the president announced in December 2017 that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jordanian officials also expressed concern about the main elements of the proposal, and officials from the country, as well as Egypt, the only Arab country that has signed a peace agreement with Israel, did not attend the White House event.

However, several Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain, sent ambassadors to the White House on Tuesday to indicate from the start that the plan could receive careful support from several countries.

Shortly after Trump’s remarks, the US Embassy in Jerusalem issued a security warning instructing US government officials and their families not to travel to certain parts of the country because “Palestinian leaders often call for demonstrations in Jerusalem, the West Bank have” and Gaza. “Responding to the plan.

Details issued by the White House raise questions about how much sovereignty the Palestinian state has under the plan. The proposal arranged for Israel to be surrounded by Israeli territory and not share borders with neighboring Arab countries because Israel would gain control of the Jordan Valley, an area on the east coast bordering Jordan.

This uncertainty avoids Jerusalem’s final status: while Trump said on Tuesday that the city would remain united, the plan called on Palestinians to build a capital east of the city.