By Danny C. | DCPeriodical | 01/29/20
Yesterday both Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current prime minister, and Benny Gantz, his adversary in Israel’s upcoming election, met separately with US President Donald Trump to discuss the release of their “Peace to Prosperity” plan.
The plan, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is close family friends with the Netanyahus, has been touted by the White House as Trump’s “vision for a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” but one look at the map released by Trump via Twitter solidifies it is anything but; nor was it Trump’s plan in the first place. As even the New York Times had to admit, Netanyahu was the actual driver behind the outrageous terms.
Palestinian Authority leaders, who weren’t even invited to take part in the discussions, as well as Hamas, shot the plan down immediately. In fact, as parts of the deal were leaked early they’d already declared it would be dead on arrival before it was even released.
Despite this, Trump, who released the plan alongside Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday afternoon in a press conference in Washington, said he believes it is the “deal of the century” for both Israelis and Palestinians. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Palestinians were not just absent from this meeting – they have boycotted the Trump administration ever since it unilaterally moved its embassy to Jerusalem. But they have essentially been presented with an ultimatum – accept the Trump parameters or else, and they have been given some four years to come around.–BBC
Since 1917, when the British government signed the Balfour Declaration which awarded a land that wasn’t their’s (Palestine) to a small group of European Jewish Zionists led by Lord Rothschild (a movement unpopular among Jews at the time that was later adopted after the Holocaust), an ongoing military effort of displacement, humiliation, starvation, degradation, apartheid, and all-around tyrannical war crimes have reduced the Palestinians to living within tiny tracts of their own lands — the Gaza Strip and the West Bank — most of which are occupied by Israeli militants, while their homes are still being taken from them by Israelis in what are internationally recognized as illegal settlements.
Experts have rightly labelled this unfolding of events as a clear-cut, modern-day genocide, not much different from what happened to the natives of the Americas or the aborigines of Australia.
President Trump caused an international stir in December of 2017 when he declared Jerusalem the legitimate capital city of Israel, despite it being the internationally recognized capital of Palestine. He then moved the US Embassy to Israel there in 2018. His new peace plan, of course, specifies Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital” — a major reason Palestinian Authority leaders will never agree to it.
In March of 2019 Trump then declared the occupied Golan Heights — Syrian territory — the property of Israel, in spite of this also being in conflict with international law. The Golan Heights, according to Trump’s new map, is designated as a part of Israel.
While Trump tried to appear compassionate to the Palestinians by declaring that “no Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes,” what this statement really means is that the existing illegal Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, all taken by force, will remain, as will the illegal settlements in East Jerusalem — another reason Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the deal nothing more than a “conspiracy.”
“I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass,” he said in a televised address from Ramallah in the West Bank.–BBC
While President Trump is offering the Palestinians a state it would be a much truncated one. No Jewish settlers will be uprooted and Israeli sovereignty will apparently be extended to the settlement blocs and the Jordan Valley. The Palestinians might have a capital in the East Jerusalem suburbs. This “take it or leave it offer” will appal many long-standing students of the region. The question now is not so much what benefit this deal might bring but how much damage it may do by over-turning Palestinian aspirations.-BBC
The UN stated they aren’t getting behind the Trump plan and are only interested in a peace deal based on the borders set by them before the 1967 war, when Israel took hold of Gaza and the West Bank.
The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem stated:
The American administration’s plan branded as the “Deal of the Century” is more like Swiss cheese, with the cheese being offered to the Israelis and the holes to the Palestinians. There are many ways to end the occupation, but the only legitimate options are those based on equality and human rights for all. This is why the current plan which legitimizes, entrenches and even expands the scope of Israel’s human rights abuses, perpetuated now for over 52 years, is utterly unacceptable.
As the group also pointed out, Trump’s plan “drains the principles of international law of any meaning and completely neuters the concept of accountability for breaching them. Trump suggests rewarding Israel for the unlawful and immoral practices in which it has been engaging ever since it seized the Territories. Israel will be able to continue plundering Palestinian land and resources; it will also get to keep its settlements and even annex more territory; all in complete defiance of international law.”
This plan reveals a world view that sees Palestinians as perennial subjects rather than free, autonomous human beings. A “solution” of this sort, one that fails to ensure the human rights, liberty and equality of all people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and instead perpetuates one side’s oppression and dispossession of the other – is not a legitimate solution. As a matter of fact, it is no solution at all, just a recipe for generations more of oppression, injustice, and violence.
After the deal’s details were released, Netanyahu was already announcing he would be bringing the plan to annex the Jordan Valley and all settlements in the West Bank to a vote during next week’s cabinet meeting.
If the Israeli cabinet approves Netanyahu’s first annexation proposal, which will include the Jordan valley, Palestinians living in annexed territories would come under direct Israeli rule but, under the plan, would not be allowed to vote in Israeli elections. That is the very definition of apartheid.–Consortium News
Since Donald Trump has taken office, he has continuously governed, especially when it comes to Middle Eastern policy, based on the commands of Israel — recognizing the occupied territory of the Golan Heights as Israeli property, escalating tensions with Iran, assassinating Soleimani (which Israel attempted and failed to do in the past), moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, supporting the illegal settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank, pledging 38 billion in American taxpayer dollars for Israeli military purposes over ten years, etc.
It is true that Trump is the puppet of a foreign nation, but it isn’t Russia — sanctions still remain and the nuclear arms race is back in full effect, not to mention the fact Trump is stoking war with Russia’s closest ally. Trump is no Russian puppet. He is clearly the property of Israel. This plan proves it.
With his close, decades-long ties to Jeffrey Epstein, a known sexual blackmail operative said to have been an agent of Israel by several sources, including known ex-Israeli spy Ari Ben Menasche, it makes one wonder if and what the small Middle Eastern nuclear power may have over the impeached president to have him serve them so vehemently.
Whatever the case, this insulting “peace plan” proposed to the Palestinians by the impeached Trump on behalf of the indicted Netanyahu is nothing less than a travesty. There is zero chance the Palestinians will agree to it — as they shouldn’t.