After Trump presented his vision of a peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians on January 28, 2020, Berlingske Tidende’s correspondent in the Middle East, Carolina Kamil, wrote that the peace plan is a death knell for the Palestinian cause.
In the article, Kamil explains why she does not believe that Trump’s peace plan serves the interests of the Palestinians.
Here are some examples:
“Not very long ago, the Palestinian cause was by far the most important agenda in the Middle East that could unite Arabs from the Gulf to North Africa. Arab populations across the region sang along to Palestinian freedom songs, and Arab leaders were willing to go to war to support “the oppressed people” who had been deprived of their land. ”
According to Kamil, the Palestinians had “been deprived of their land.” Kamil makes no mention of the fact that the Jewish people are an indigenous people whose DNA, roots, religion, language, traditions, culture, etc. originate from the Middle East. The Jewish homeland has been occupied by various colonialists – especially European and Arab. Of these, today only the Arabs – the so-called “Palestinians” – remain in the area in large numbers. The original inhabitants of present-day Israel were Canaanites. From them came the Jews during the 1000s BC. More than 30 years of DNA research confirm that Ashkenazi, Sefardi and Mizrahi Jews are from the Middle East. In addition, there have always been Jews – including Ashkenazi Jews in Israel. The Jewish people have a historical and a cultural right to live in their national homeland.
“Trump’s plan reduces Palestinian territories to incoherent spots connected by tunnels and bridges, recognizes Israel’s illegal settlements, deprives Palestinian refugees of the right to return home and gives the entire Jordan Valley and Jerusalem – which the Palestinians consider their capital – to Israel. ”
“The Palestinian cause is no longer a scorching agenda that gets the neighbors up in the red. Instead of support or outrage, Trump’s plan was met with apathy and indifference.”
“But on the day of the most pro-Israel peace plan – Trump’s so-called ‘agreement of the century’ as evil tongues on Twitter has dubbed ‘the joke of the century’ because it only serves Israel’s interests – there was not much more than ritual criticized and resigned the shaking of the heads of the Palestinian Arab friends in the region. ”
Kamil writes that the Palestinians consider Jerusalem as their capital. On December 6, 2017, the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – it was a recognition of a fact. According to Gyldendal’s Encyclopaedias a capital “The city that is the seat of a country’s government. The capital is usually the country’s historically dominant city.” The Knesset (Israeli National Assembly), the Israeli Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance are located within a few hundred meters west of Jerusalem (see aerial photo).
The lack of recognition of Israel’s de facto capital has not helped bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table or to to accept a solution. Therefore, denying the fact is a poor basis for real negotiations.
In the Oslo II Agreement, the Palestinians accepted that Israel controls all of Jerusalem. Until the Palestinian side is willing to reach an agreement on a final status, Israel has control of the city.
Kamil also writes that the Israeli settlements are illegal – on November 18, 2019, the Trump administration announced that they do not consider Israelis settlements as illegal under international law. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, among other things: “Declaring the establishment of civilian settlements in violation of international law has not helped. It has not promoted the cause of peace. The harsh truth is that there will never be a legal solution to the conflict and disputes over what is right and wrong under international law does not create peace. It is a complex political problem that can only be solved in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. “
Kamil calls the Trump plan” … the most pro-Israel plan “and claims that” … it only serves the interests of Israel “. What Kamil does not mention is that Trump’s peace plan states that it wants to give Palestinians “every opportunity to govern themselves, but not the ability to threaten Israel.” “People are meant to read the vision, understand and imagine how its concepts will actually and dramatically improve their lives.. We believe both sides win more than they give. ” The authors want the plan to be seen as “holistic.” “The vision presents a package of compromises that both parties should consider, in order to move forward and seek a better future that will serve both parties and others in the region.” The Trump plan states that it is “Israelis and Palestinians themselves who must make the choice to create lasting peace together.” “The final, specific details of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement must be drawn up directly between the parties.”
The Trump plan is also clear regarding the Palestinians’ biggest problem: “Gaza is controlled by Hamas, a terrorist organization that has fired thousands of rockets at Israel and killed hundreds of Israelis. In the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is plagued by failed institutions and widespread corruption. Their laws provide incentives for terror and PA-controlled media and schools promote a culture of rebellion. It is because of a lack of accountability and poor management of billions of dollars that have been wasted and investments that cannot flow into the territories so that Palestinians can get well. The Palestinians deserve a better future and this vision can help them achieve it in the future. Read MIFF’s articles on Danish aid to the Palestinians which go to terrorist activities and incitement to hatred against Israel and Jews here and MIFF’s articles on rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel here.
The Palestinians already rejected Trump’s peace plan before it was presented in the White House – just as they have rejected previous offers to have their own state. As early as 1937, the Peel Commission proposed that the British mandate be divided into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Arabs in the area rejected a Jewish state and demanded a halt to Jewish immigration and property purchases in the area. There have since been countless attempts to find a peace solution that the Palestinians will agree to – they have not yet succeeded in getting them to say yes.
If the Palestinians want their own state, it requires them to sit down at the negotiating table and make the compromises needed to get a peace agreement in place with Israel.
Israel has already agreed to negotiate with the Palestinians. So far, however, there is no indication that the Palestinian leaders are willing to negotiate with Israel.