UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Palestinians in Ramallah in the West Bank ignored US President Donald Trump’s announcement of launching his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, saying that any plan would not succeed without Palestinian approval.
President Trump announced Thursday that he intends to unveil his peace plan in the Middle East before the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington on Tuesday.
“We will probably publish it a little earlier,” Trump told reporters.
“It is an excellent plan (…) I would really like to reach a peace agreement” between the Hebrew state and the Palestinians who were not invited to the scheduled meeting between Trump and Netanyahu in the White House, and they rushed to renew their rejection of the plan.
On Friday, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas denied that the US administration had contacted the Palestinian leadership, in response to what Trump said, “We talked to them briefly.”
In Ramallah, which was closed due to the weekend, the cold and rainy weather prevailed, and some were carrying a prayer rug towards the mosques.
Many of those whom I asked did not express interest in the Trump announcement, because “every political plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot succeed if the Palestinians do not agree to it,” they said.
“Trump is a crazy president and what he announced his plan is in favor of Israel and not in our favor,” Munther Abu Awad, 38, who was heading for the noon prayer, said, “We are awaiting a deal to release the prisoners, not a deal and a plan to annex new lands from our lands for the benefit of the settlers.”
While Mohammed Darwish, 33, who works as an electrician, said, “What Trump announced is not surprising, because we live today in an American occupation of the world in Yemen, Libya and Iraq, and today the American administration believes that we are in Palestine part of the occupation state.”
But some Palestinians said they had not heard the Trump announcement.
The Sheikh of Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque in Ramallah condemned the Trump peace plan.
Declaration in favor of Israel
“Trump sees himself as president of the world, not just the president of the United States, and the fact is that he works for Israel,” said Nasser Nassar, 57, who works as a taxi driver.
He added, “The Palestinians will fail the plan, but (…) the leadership has brought us to the stage of running after a living and we have forgotten all the important issues.”
The Palestinian leadership has repeatedly expressed its opposition to Trump’s plan, called the “Deal of the Century”.
And she tried to establish a Palestinian state by reaching a peace agreement with Israel through negotiations that reached a dead end.
Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and parts of the Syrian Golan Heights on June 5, 1967.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem in a move that did not gain international recognition, and began building settlements in the Palestinian territories inhabited by more than 630,000 settlers, while the United Nations and the majority of the international community consider these settlements illegal.
The Trump administration has demonstrated steadfast support for Israel. On December 6, 2017, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, stirring Palestinian anger. The status of this holy city is one of the most complex points in the conflict.
On November 18, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that his country no longer considered the settlements “inconsistent with international law.”
What would the response be?
Before the plan was announced Tuesday, there is no accurate information available about it.
“Reports about the details and timing of the peace plan that we secretly keep are just speculations,” Trump wrote on Thursday’s tweet.
But media leaks said that the plan would give Israel complete sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem and recognize settlements in the West Bank.
Palestinian and Israeli political analysts are skeptical of its applicability.
“If the leaked details are confirmed, it will be impossible for any Palestinian leader to accept them,” political analyst Nour Odeh told AFP.
“As if Trump is asking the Palestinians to join the Likud party,” she added, cynically.
Trump hopes the plan will get Arab support.
However, the political commentator in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Nahum Barnea, says, “The details of the plan make it impossible to implement it.”
He added, “None of the Arab leaders, such as Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jordanian King Abdullah II, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be able to support the plan publicly.”
The commentator added that after announcing the plan, the Israeli security services should be concerned about the Palestinian popular responses to them.
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