• Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

Trump’s peace plan opens the way for the “triangle”, an area with a large Israeli-Arab population, to be transferred to a Palestinian state in connection with a final peace agreement. Former Secretary of Defense Avigdor Lieberman has been proposing the same thing for a number of years. He has sought to trade these lands for Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the West Bank.

The Trump administration’s plan mentions ten Israeli-Arab communities that could become part of a future Palestinian state through a swap agreement. These are Kafr Qara, Arara, Baqa al-Gharbiyye, Umm al-Fahm, Kalanswa, Tayibe, Kafr Qasem, Tira, Kafr Bara and Jaljulia, writes Yediot Ahronoth. These areas are close to the Green Line and the Palestinian Authority. Those who live in this area identify themselves to a large extent as Palestinians.

“These areas, which are largely self-identifying as Palestinians, were originally designated to be under Jordanian control in the context of the ceasefire negotiations in 1949, but were eventually retained by Israel for military reasons that are no longer present. , “it says in the peace plan.

If both parties agree, the plan opens up for the borders to be moved so that these areas no longer become part of Israel, but part of a future Palestinian state. It has caused the residents of the area to react.

Because even though they identify as Palestinians and are often in opposition to the state of Israel, they have no desire to become part of Palestine. The mayor of Tayibe believes it would be a nightmare to be part of a Palestinian state.

“It is a nightmare that cannot be implemented,” said Mayor Shuaa Massarweh Mansour, about the possibility of his city becoming Palestinian.

The mayor of Kalanswa is also completely clear in his statement that it is not appropriate to become part of Palestine, despite the fact that they choose to refer to themselves as Palestinians.

-We are for a just peace and we all strive for peace. But we will not agree to be transferred to the [Palestinian] territories, says Abdulbast Salameh.

Yousef Jabareen of Umm al-Fahm sits on the Knesset of the Arab Party Common List. He is also a strong opponent of the idea.

-Umm al-Fahm is my hometown. Wadi Ara is my landscape. Hundreds of thousands of Arab inhabitants live in the triangle and it is their homeland. Trump and Netayahu’s annexation plan includes a section that lays the groundwork for the transfer and revocation of citizenship, says Jabareen, who urges Arabs and Jews to protest a possible land swap.

A senior Israeli official confirms that Israel has considered exchanging land with the Palestinian Authority. He stresses that it is not a population transfer, but a transfer of territory. A transfer of the “triangle area” will also require a referendum.

Previous studies have shown that up to 90 percent of the inhabitants of the “triangle” want to remain part of the state of Israel. Very few have a desire to become citizens of a future Palestinian state.

The largest share of territories that Israel will likely agree to trade with the Palestinian Authority is in the Negev in the south.

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