• Sun. Sep 25th, 2022

– We will never recognize a Palestinian state

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On Tuesday night, US President Donald Trump presented his long-awaited peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The plan includes the establishment of a Palestinian state with parts of East Jerusalem as its capital, but several criteria are set for such a state to be established. At the same time, Israel is getting the green light to annex the Jordan Valley and more settlements.

Both internationally and internally in Israel, there are mixed reactions to the plan. The largest opposition party in Israel, Kahol Lavan, supports the plan, but believes that their party leader Benny Gantz should be the one to implement it.

However, several of the right-wing parties in Israel are lukewarm about the Trump plan. They say they support the annexation of the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements but will not support the creation of a Palestinian state.

“Under no circumstances will we allow the Israeli government to recognize a Palestinian state,” said Naftali Bennet of the New Right Party. Bennet is the Secretary of Defense in Netanyahu’s governing coalition.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who leads the center-right Likud party, believes it is a good deal that was presented on Tuesday night.

-Trump has set the course for a glorious future for Israelis, Palestinians and the entire region, says Netanyahu on Trump’s peace plan.

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Amir Peretz of Labor-Gesher-Meretz, an alliance of Israeli parties on the left, says Israel’s future must be decided in direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA). He responds that the peace plan was announced less than two months before the Knesset elections on March 2.

-The government has no legitimacy to implement such diplomatic moves, despite US support. It should be dealt with after the election, he believes.

Oded Revivi, one of the leaders of the settlement movement, believes the plan provides some victories, but also many challenges for Israel and the settlements.

-The plan is long from perfect. Much of it is hard to swallow, he says.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes the peace plan Trump presented on Tuesday night could be a step in the right direction.

“The leaders discussed the US proposal for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which may prove to be a positive step forward,” a spokesman said.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi warns of “dangerous consequences of unilateral decisions by Israel that threaten to create a new reality on earth”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s first public reaction to the plan is that they will throw the plan in the “trash” of history.

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