• Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates welcome the Trump administration’s peace plan, writes the Jerusalem Post.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia underlines its support for all efforts aimed at achieving a just and manageable solution to the Palestinian cause,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

Saudi Arabia believes that any disagreement over aspects of the peace agreement should be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. Therefore, they call on the Palestinian leadership to return to the negotiating table.

“The Kingdom appreciates the efforts of President Trump’s administration to create a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinians and the Israelis and calls for direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israeli side, under the auspices of the United States. Only in this way can the peace process move forward and an agreement be reached that gives legitimate rights to the Palestinian people. “

The powerful Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has previously stated that he believes it is time for the Palestinians to accept an agreement.

“For 40 years, the Palestinian leadership has rejected any possibility of peace by rejecting all the offers it has received,” Salman allegedly said during a meeting.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s press release is reminiscent of that of Saudi Arabia, asking both parties to consider the plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here is the wording of Egypt’s press release:

“The Arab Republic of Egypt appreciates the ongoing efforts of the US administration to achieve a comprehensive and equitable solution to the Palestinian question, thereby contributing to stability and security in the Middle East by ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

Like Saudi Arabia, Egypt calls on Israelis and Palestinians to sit down at the negotiating table and discuss the plan further.

The state-run Qatar News Agency has issued a statement stating that “the state welcomes all efforts to achieve lasting and just peace in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”.

“Qatar also appreciates the efforts of President Trump and the current US administration to find solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Qatar wrote in its press release.

Qatar also calls for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. However, unlike Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s declaration also includes declarations of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem, in addition to the “right to return.”

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, says they appreciate the United States’ efforts to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“This plan is a serious initiative that addresses many of the issues that have been raised over the years,” said Al Otaiba, who was present at the White House during the presentation of the peace plan.

The ambassadors from Oman and Bahrain were also present during the presentation, a sign of closer ties with Israel and support for the Trump administration’s plan.

While the peace plan receives support from a surprising number of Arab countries, countries such as Jordan and Turkey have made a critical statement that they do not support it. In Israel, too, there are mixed reactions to Trump’s peace plan.


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