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Donald Trump calls his plan for Israel-Palestine a 'win-win', and tweets out a map

Trump said that his plan “could be the last opportunity” for Palestinians.

Updated Jan 28th 2020, 7:30 PM

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has unveiled long-awaited details of a US plan for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, warning it may represent the last chance at statehood for the Palestinians.

“Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace,” Trump told a White House news conference, standing alongside visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he revealed key points of a plan already resoundingly rejected by Palestinian leaders.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that from what he had heard, “the proposed plan does not meet” the threshold to gain his support, and said he was “deeply concerned at Netanyahu’s comments.

“A successful resolution of the conflict can only be reached if both parties are included on an equal basis and can work together for an agreed outcome,” he said.

Trump said: “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 US plan was warmly welcomed by Israel’s prime minister, who called it a “historic day” for the Jewish state.

Trump’s proposal, Netanyahu said, would involve the United States recognising Jewish settlements as part of Israel – something later confirmed by the US administration – some of which jut deep into occupied Palestinian territory.

The White House later released – and Trump tweeted out – a map of the proposed borders of what was described as a “demilitarized” Palestinian state.

“We will also work to create a contiguous territory within the future Palestinian state, for when the conditions for statehood are met, including the firm rejection of terrorism,” Trump said as he called on the Palestinians to turn their back on the radical Hamas movement – which immediately rejected the peace proposal.

The map shows the West Bank area containing some 15 Israeli settlements, connected to the Gaza Strip area by only a tunnel. This would technically fulfil Trump’s promise of a contiguous Palestinian state.

The plan, Trump said, proposes a four-year freeze of Israeli development in the area eyed for a future Palestinian state.

“Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided, very important, undivided capital,” Trump stressed.

But it would also provide the Palestinians with a capital in occupied East Jerusalem, he said, while indicating that the West Bank would not be cut in half.

donald-trump-and-benjamin-netanyahu-remarks-washington Source: Gripas Yuri/ABACA

Calling it a “historic opportunity” for the Palestinians to achieve an independent state, Trump said he had written to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to enlist his support for the plan.

No Palestinian official was present at the launch although the ambassadors from three Arab nations – Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – were at the White House.

“I explained to (Abbas) that the territory allocated for his new state will remain open and undeveloped for a period of four years,” Trump said.

This could be the last opportunity they will ever have.

“Palestinians are in poverty and violence, exploited by those seeking to use them as pawns to advance terrorism and extremism,” the US president added.

They deserve a far better life.

 Trump called his “two-state solution” 80-page plan the “most detailed” ever.

A White House statement issued after the briefing confirmed that the plan ruled out a right of return to Israel for Palestinian refugees, saying they “will be given a choice to live within the future State of Palestine, integrate into the countries where they currently live, or resettle in a third country.”

Netanyahu declared himself open to negotiating with Palestinians on a “pathway to a future state”.

“If the Palestinians are genuinely prepared to take that path, if they are genuinely prepared to make peace with the Jewish state, and if they agree to abide by all the conditions you have put forward in your plan, Israel will be there,” he said.

- with reporting from AFP

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