On Tuesday, President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, proposing to bring a solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Addressing reporters alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, President Donald Trump said, the past U.S presidents had failed to forge peace between Israelis and Palestinians, he had not been elected to “shy away from big problems.”
The White House plan aims to form a Palestinian state with capital in parts of East Jerusalem. It will also grant permission to Israel to extend sovereignty over all major settlements blocks in the West Bank. The future Palestinian state would consist of the West Bank and Gaza, connected by a combination of above-ground roads and tunnels. Trump also claimed his proposal to be a “win-win” for both Israelis and Palestinians.
President Trump also remarked that the deal is a “historic opportunity” for Palestinians to achieve an independent state of their own. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has been working on the plan for nearly three years.
On Monday, Mr Trump separately held a meeting with Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, discussing the details of the so-called peace plan. “We have the support of the prime minister, we have the support of the other parties, and we think we will ultimately have the support of the Palestinians, but we’re going to see,” Trump told reporters that day. He also assured that no Palestinians or Israelis would be uprooted from their homes.
His Middle East plan has aroused lukewarm responses from Europe and the UN, while several other Muslim countries denounced it as a betrayal of the Palestinians. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned the plan saying, “this conspiracy deal will not pass.”
Saudi Arabia “appreciates” the plan and claimed, “The kingdom appreciates the efforts of President Trump’s administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides.”