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‘This Is Not a Peace Plan, It Is a War Plan

‘This Is Not a Peace Plan, It Is a War Plan’: Trump-Netanyahu Deal Decried as Shameful Attack on Palestinian Rights

“Any attempt to address the Israeli-Palestinian issue that does not begin and end with the full acknowledgment of the Palestinian right to self-determination, freedom, justice, and equality is a non-starter.”

By: Julia Conley,

Palestinians watch the televised press conference of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on January 28, 2020, at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images)

Human rights advocates condemned U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “annexation plan” for large swaths of Palestinian territory as the two leaders on Tuesday presented what they termed a “peace deal” for Israel and Palestine.

“This is not a peace plan. It is theft. It is erasure.”
—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
Critics joined Palestinian leaders in rejecting the premise of the so-called “vision for peace,” which was drafted by the White House and Netanyahu without the input of Palestinians.

The resulting plan is “shameful and disingenuous,” tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Ilhan Omar@IlhanMN

They could have guaranteed justice, and brought everyone into this peace deal.

Instead these two embattled heads of state, impeached and indicted, have a “ just us” peace deal.

It’s shameful and disingenuous! https://twitter.com/lsarsour/status/1222236336322744323 …Linda Sarsour✔@lsarsourA peace plan without Palestinians is not a peace plan, it’s a re-election campaign strategy for Donald Trump.

Jan 28, 2020

The plan aims to expand and make official Israeli control of Palestinian territories while assuring Palestine that it will be afforded “a pathway to a future state”—but one that will have no military of its own and in which Israel will maintain security control over some areas. 

“This is not a peace plan,” tweeted Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. “It is a war plan.”

(((YousefMunayyer)))@YousefMunayyer

This is not a peace plan, it is a war plan.

A war on peace
A war on justice
A war on freedom
A war on equality

A war on Palestinian existence

“It’s stunning that Donald Trump doesn’t know that this is insulting to Palestinians,” tweeted James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute.

James J. Zogby@jjz1600

It’s stunning that @realDonaldTrump doesn’t know that this is insulting to Palestinians. It’s not a “state” it’s a “Bantustan.” Palestinians lose more land w/out sovereignty & independence. Israel gets more land & keeps settlements. It’s Trump’s plan to try to legalize illegalit

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpReplying to @realDonaldTrump

This is what a future State of Palestine can look like, with a capital in parts of East Jerusalem.

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“This plan is simply a rubber stamp for the Israeli government’s continuing violations of international law, separate-and-unequal policies, land grabs, and human rights abuses against the Palestinian people,” said the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights in a statement. “Any attempt to address the Israeli-Palestinian issue that does not begin and end with the full acknowledgment of the Palestinian right to self-determination, freedom, justice, and equality is a non-starter.”

Major points within the deal include:

  • Jerusalem will be established as Israel’s “undivided” capitol, undermining Palestinians’ aim to recognize East Jerusalem as their capitol;
  • the recognition of the majority of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine;
  • the recognition of the Jordan Valley, which makes up a third of the occupied West Bank, as part of Israel; and
  • the refusal by Israel to grant Palestinians the “right to return” to their homes lost in the Six-Day War and other conflicts.

Palestinians in occupied territories held protests on Tuesday ahead of the deal’s announcement. Larger demonstrations are planned for Wednesday.

“I am not against peace, but what is being talked about is not peace,” Ahmed Shafiq, a student in Gaza, told The Guardian. “Peace is not imposed on people.”

The so-called “peace deal” amounts to “an endorsement of Israel’s aggression, allowing it to take over whatever Palestinian lands it wants and punishing the victims for daring to object to having their homeland stolen,” said Omar Baddar, deputy director of the Arab American Institute, in a short video the group released.

A map released showing Trump and Netanyahu’s vision for the future of Palestine resembled “a Native American reservation” more than a sovereign state, said entrepreneur Shahed Amanullah.

Shahed Amanullah@shahed

This doesn’t look like a state. It looks like a Native American reservation. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Peace-to-Prosperity-0120.pdf …

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“This is not a peace plan,” tweeted Omar. “It is theft. It is erasure.”

Munayyer of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights called on Americans and the international community to reject Trump’s attempt to “whitewash the apartheid reality alongside his Israeli partners-in-war-crimes.”

“The only suitable response from people of conscience is to reject this effort and demand immediate accountability for Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights,” Munayyer said. “The separate-and-unequal reality the Israeli government has imposed on Palestinians, with the support of the U.S., flies in the face of the values Americans claim to uphold. Freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians is the only way forward.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from occupied Palestine, slammed Trump and Netanyahu for releasing the plan as both are facing re-election campaigns and legal battles.

“It’s fitting that the Trump-Netanyahu plan was released by a forever impeached president on the same day that Netanyahu was indicted for corruption,” Tlaib tweeted. “This political stunt gets us no closer to peace or justice.”

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib@RepRashida

It’s fitting that the @realDonaldTrump@netanyahu “plan” was released by a forever impeached President on the same day that Netanyahu was indicted for corruption.

This political stunt gets us no closer to peace or justice. As a member of Congress, I consider it a non-starter.

The New York Times✔@nytimesBreaking

News: President Trump released his Middle East peace plan, giving Israel most of what it wants and requiring concessions Palestinians will likely reject https://nyti.ms/37BHjdz 4,4117:38 PM – Jan 28, 2020

“This is a political ploy by both leaders to distract from their abuse of power, designed to help Netanyahu win the election in less than six weeks,” Emily Meyer, co-founder of Jewish progressive group If Not Now, said in a statement. “The plan itself is a plan for permanent Israeli military occupation and control, not a plan for peace. It is simply a continuation of Trump’s strategy since entering office: to disenfranchise Palestinians and deny their rights, their agency, and even their identity.”

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Naziyahu formally charged with corruption

Netanyahu: Israeli leader formally charged with corruption after dropping bid for immunity

Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans while holding portraits of Trump and Netanyahu, during a protest against Trump’s expected announcement of a peace plan, in Gaza (AFP via Getty)

This comes as the Israeli premier is in Washington for the launch of Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Israel’s attorney general has officially indicted prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the embattled leader dropped a last-ditch attempt to secure immunity from prosecution in three corruption cases.

The dramatic development comes as Mr Netanyahu is in Washington for the launch of Donald Trump’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan, which according to leaks in the Israeli media is expected to be the most pro-Israeli American peace proposal yet.

The decision to file the indictment against the premier paves the way for a trial to continue, right before Israel is due to go to elections on 2 March.

Mr Netanyahu, who is Israel’s longest-running prime minister, was charged with fraud, breach of trust and bribery in November in three separate cases. He has denied any wrongdoing and repeatedly dismissed the legal proceedings as a “political witch hunt”.

He had originally sought immunity from the legal proceedings but changed his mind after it became clear Israel’s parliament the Knesset would convene on Tuesday to debate and ultimately reject his request.

Had that happened it would have dealt a humiliating blow to the prime minister as he discusses the peace agreement with President Trump.

Israeli media reported that the attorney general filed the indictment at the Jerusalem District Court shortly after he withdrew his immunity bid. 

Earlier, Mr Netanyahu had written on Facebook: “In this fateful hour for the people of Israel, when I am in the United States on a historic mission to design the permanent borders of Israel and ensure our security for decades to come, the Knesset is expected to start another spectacle in the circus of removing immunity.”

He added that since he “was not given due process… I decided not to allow this dirty game to continue”.

Mr Netanyahu’s chief elections rival, Benny Gantz, who leads the centrist Blue and White alliance, said in a statement that “Netanyahu is going to trial – we must go forward”.

“Nobody could run a country and simultaneously manage three serious criminal charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust,” Mr Gantz added.

Ayman Odeh, leader of the joint list of mostly Arab parties in the Israeli parliament, said “the path to trial is paved and no diplomatic public relations stunt in the world” would prevent Mr Netanyahu from being brought to justice.

Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans while holding portraits of Trump and Netanyahu, during a protest against Trump’s expected announcement of a peace plan, in Gaza (AFP via Getty)

President Trump invited both Mr Gantz and Mr Netanyahu to Washington to discuss his peace plan, which has already been rejected by the Palestinians on the grounds it will shatter their hopes of statehood.

Officials in Washington said Mr Trump, who is close to the Israeli premier, had invited them both to silence any suggestions he was trying to influence the outcome of Israel’s March election which is once again expected to be very tight.

The two Israeli leaders are vying for the premiership of the country after both failed to form a ruling coalition following two inconclusive general elections in 2019.

Leaks in Israeli media pointed to a US peace plan that gives Israel full control over the whole of the contested city of Jerusalem, which the Palestinians had hoped would serve as their capital.

The leaks said it allows Israel to annexe nearly all of its settlements in the occupied West Bank, effectively giving them more than a third of the territory.

The Israeli military announced they were reinforcing the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank with infantry troops, ahead of Trump’s announcement.

Some Palestinian factions have called for a “day of rage” in protest of the agreement.

Mr Trump himself is campaigning for re-election under the cloud of his impeachment trial in the Senate.

And so, some analysts have argued the timing of the release of his plan is political: both to protect him and his ally Mr Netanyahu. 

On Tuesday, Israel’s parliament was due to form a committee to debate, and likely reject, Mr Netanyahu’s request for immunity, which all Israeli lawmakers are permitted to apply for.

Israeli analysts said Mr Netanyahu’s decision to drop the immunity bid was a face-saving move by his right-wing Likud party after the oltra-orthodox parties, who are the prime minister’s most loyal allies, announced they were going to boycott the vote.

“Officials within the Likud said that if it became apparent they were going to lose the vote, they would just pull it – so as not to give Blue and White a political victory,” said Elizabeth Tsurkov, a fellow at the US-based Foreign Policy Research Institute.

She added the Likud had hoped the parliamentary session might be held after the elections.

“But that didn’t work. [A rejection] would look humiliating and so now the legal proceedings can continue apace.”

It is unclear if Mr Netanyahu, who has sought to portray himself as a global statesman and the only Israeli politician able to negotiate with countries like the States, will gain from withdrawing his request.

Israeli media reported that he had agonised over submitting the immunity bid, as it undermined his position that he is innocent.

Last November, Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit indicted Mr Netanyahu on corruption charges, marking the first time a serving Israeli prime minister has ever been indicted. Tuesday’s announcements formalises the indictment. 

In Washington, Mr Netanyahu was, however, upbeat on Monday night after meeting Mr Trump who he called the “greatest friend Israel has had in the White House”.

He travelled with an entourage including settler leaders and said the peace plan was the “opportunity of the century”. 

President Trump admitted that “without [the Palestinians], we won’t do the deal and that’s OK”.

He added: “I will say, many of the Arab nations have agreed to it. They like it. They think it’s great.”

Mr Trump met Mr Gantz on Monday as well.

After the meeting, Mr Gantz thanked the US president for “his profound support of Israel’s citizens and for his commitment to their security”.

He said immediately after the elections he would work towards implementing Mr Trump’s plan “from within a stable, functioning Israeli government, in tandem with the other countries in our region”.

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USA: Chipotle Fined $1.3M Over Thousands Of Child Labor Abuses

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Chipotle was hit with a $1.3 million fine over more than 13,000 child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state’s attorney general announced Monday.

Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated 13,253 child labor violations in its more than 50 locations.

“Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants,” Healey said in a statement. “We hope these citations send a message to other fast food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk.”

The fine detailed that Chipotle had employees under the age of 18 working past midnight and for more than 48 hours a week.

Teenagers told investigators their hours of work were so long that it was preventing them from keeping up with their schoolwork. The company also regularly hired minors without work permits.

The settlement total is closer to $2 million, including penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages.

Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement and training.

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Palestinians rage as Trump prepares to unveil Mideast plan

Trump deal: A prize for Israel at the expense of Palestine

Volume 90% Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans and wave Palestinian flags as they stand by flaming tires during a protest in Gaza City, Gaza Strip on January 28, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Responding to a call by their leaders, thousands throng in protest across the Palestinian territories in the run-up to Donald Trump’s unveiling of a contentious scheme, which his administration has drawn up as a solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The US president is to detail the plan, which is reportedly the brainchild of his son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner and took three years of craftsmanship, during a White House event at 1700 GMT on Tuesday alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The event will not be featuring any Palestinian officials, who have already rejected the plan, which Trump calls “the deal of the century.”

Trump deal: A prize for Israel at the expense of Palestine

Trump deal: A prize for Israel at the expense of PalestinePalestinian leaders voice their strong opposition to the so-called ‘peace’ plan which Trump is preparing to unveil, emphasizing the need for popular resistance against the scheme.

As the hour drew near, Israeli troops reinforced their positions near a flashpoint site between the city of Ramallah and the Israeli settlement of Beit El in the Israel-occupied West Bank, Reuters reported.

The agency also cited an Israeli military spokesman as saying that the regime had sent reinforcements to the Jordan Valley, a strategic strip of the territory.

In the Gaza Strip, protesters trampled on posters of Trump, vowing to reclaim the holy occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds and not allow Washington to dent their rights.

The protest came after Palestinian leaders from different factions called for popular resistance against Trump’s deal, which is said to be hugely biased in favor of the regime in Tel Aviv.

Palestinians chant slogans as they demonstrate west of the city of Nablus in the north of Israel-occupied West Bank on January 28, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Coinciding with the White House ceremony is an emergency meeting of Palestinian leaders from the rival Fatah and Hamas movements in the occupied West Bank.

Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian mission to Britain, told Reuters in London that Trump’s plan was merely “political theatre.” “It is not a peace deal…Jan. 28, 2020 will mark the official legal stamp of approval of the United States for Israel to implement a full-fledged apartheid system,” he said.

Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, also said the plan was a means of deflecting attention from Trump and Netanyahu’s own domestic travails. “The problem is it doesn’t feel like this is the beginning of an important initiative,” Alterman said.

Israeli forces patrol past a field near the al-Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan Valley in the Israel-occupied West Bank on January 28, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives last month and is on trial in the Senate on abuse of power charges.

Netanyahu has been convicted in three corruption cases and faces a likely trial.

Israel is the United States’ biggest regional ally and has vigorously been supported by successive American administrations.

Under Trump, however, Washington unprecedentedly ramped up the support by respectively recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city, stopping its classification of the Israeli settlements that are built on occupied territory as illegal, and undertaking recognition of Syria’s Golan Heights as the regime’s “sovereign territory.”

The deal, nevertheless, is widely expected to take the US’s pro-Israeli brinksmanship to a whole new level. Various reports have warned that it seeks to lay the groundwork for Israel’s annexation of about half of the West Bank, which the regime occupied in 1967, including most of the Jordan Valley.

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Syrian Army tours Aleppo town

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The Syrian Arab Army was seen patrolling the area near Khan Tuman, in the vicinity of southern Aleppo, Friday, after it had been recaptured.

The SAA soldiers can be seen walking through the streets, with debris from destroyed buildings scattered around.

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Plans for Palestinians worse than apartheid

White House adviser Jared Kushner listens during a proclamation signing with President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: Susan Walsh/AP

If only peace between the Israelis and Palestinians was the objective, with both peoples living side by side as equals. But US President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’, which is set to be unveiled this week at a workshop in Bahrain, strives to achieve the opposite.

There is no deal to be brokered or real negotiations to be had; it is an imposition of a new reality, the implementation of which has begun.

Under the deal, Palestinians will be squeezed into a tinier fraction of historic Palestine, from 22% (the Green line of 1967) to a meagre 12%, where they will be confined to cantons or Bantustans, stripped of water, resources, the right to a military or any real sovereignty.

The equivalent of bantustans will be surrounded by Israeli settlements. Settlements will no longer be illegal.

The plan kills any notion of a Palestinian state, but formalises the Zionist dream of a Greater Israel, containing self-governing cantons of Palestinians who will not have equal rights to Israelis. The sophisticated system of apartheid will be further perfected.

Within the context of this Greater Israel, Palestinians will be allowed to work only outside their cantons in low-paying jobs in agriculture and construction, and will have to pay Israel for its military protection.

No doubt Israel will continue to collect Palestinian tax and customs revenue, and withhold it as a form of punishment against those living in the cantons.

Israel will easily impose economic blockade on the Palestinian encampments as it has with Gaza for many years, starving them into submission.

The vision is beginning to look like a far worse version of apartheid South Africa, where there is one country but with masses of inhabitants who are disenfranchised, not accorded basic or equal rights, and living under the heavy hand of oppression and exploitation. Such a situation can necessitate only a concerted liberation struggle for democracy and equal rights for those in the territory. At least the farcical promise of moving towards a viable Palestinian state is exposed as nothing but a lie.

The apartheid-style thinking has been evident in the comments made by the driving force of the deal, Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner: “Palestinians are not yet capable of governing themselves,” – racist propaganda right out of PW Botha’s script. 

Kushner is known as an ardently religious Zionist who believes he is on a mission of God, and is determined to convince Trump of the righteousness of his roadmap for the Middle East. At the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, Kushner said: “He (Trump) would finally recognise the truth that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.”

If the Palestinians refuse to accept the deal, the punishment will be a massive cut in aid to the Occupied Territories, and the US will “authorise” Israel to harm the leadership, particularly that of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, through extrajudicial assassinations.

The very thought that this is a “deal” is premised on the idea that Palestinian rights, land and sovereignty can be bought, and the price tag attached to that capitulation is $30 billion (R430bn) over five years.

Kushner wants the Saudis to largely fund the economic project, which they seem to have agreed to with the buy in of the Emiratis and the Egyptians.

The offer on the table is that Israel will lift its economic strangulation of the Occupied Territories.

Ahmed Majadalani, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s executive committee, is reported to have said that the Saudis offered to pay the Palestinian Authority’s budget for 10 years if they accept the deal.

But Majdalani has been categorical that the PLO will never accept any such deal, which is the same position Hamas and the other Palestinian factions have taken. This will make the deal impossible to implement as Israel and the US will lack a Palestinian partner. The Bahrain workshop represents one of two prongs of the deal, which is the economic prong. The workshop is meant to sell the deal through economic incentives, promises of investment and aid.

But the political prong, which is the most catastrophic for the Palestinians, is based on Jerusalem and refugees. It is this political prong which the US and Israel have begun to implement without any agreement with the Palestinians, by the US recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and moving the US embassy there.

As for the right of return of refugees, the US and Israel want to change the definition of who is a refugee to those born before 1948, which would disqualify almost 7 million Palestinians from their refugee status and right of return.

The US’s draconian measure of cutting $844 million from The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s budget is an attempt to squeeze the refugee population out of their camps by making life impossible, forcing them to seek refugee status in developed countries.

Again there will be an economic price tag put on the denial of the right to return – $10bn to $20bn will be allocated to permanently resettle the refugees elsewhere.

But the answer to all the Machiavellian plans has been articulated clearly by PLO spokesperson Wasel Abu Yousef: “The Rights of the Palestinian people can’t be traded for money.”

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Trump says Jerusalem will be ‘Israel’s undivided capital’ as he unveils controversial plan

US president says Palestinian state will be established when conditions are met, and this is their ‘last opportunity’ to achieve statehood

By: Umar A Farooq

Main points from Trump’s announcement:

  • Jerusalem will be Israel’s capital
  • Israel to annex illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and the strategic Jordan valley
  • Israel will freeze new settlement building for four years in areas designated for a future Palestinian state
  • Parts of East Jerusalem will form the capital of a future Palestinian state
  • Palestinian refugees from areas in Israel will not have a “right of return”
  • US thanks Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates for supporting deal 

US President Donald Trump unveiled his controversial plan to address the Israel-Palestine conflict on Tuesday, declaring that Jerusalem will be “Israel’s undivided capital” and that this was the “last opportunity” for the Palestinians to achieve statehood.

“Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided, very important, undivided capital,” Trump said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood by his side. “But that’s no big deal, because I’ve already done that for you.”

He extolled: “The United States will recognise Israeli sovereignty over territory that my vision provides to be a part of the state of Israel.

“We will also work to create a contiguous territory within the future Palestinian state for when the conditions for statehood are met,” he said.

The long-awaited plan was drafted with no input from Palestinian leaders, who also refused to engage with the Trump administration.

‘We reject the deal of the century and we codemn the US policy,’

– Khalil al-Haya, Hamas official

“I want this deal to be great for the Palestinians… this could be the last opportunity they ever have.

“This map will more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a capital in eastern Jerusalem where America will proudly open an embassy.”

The plan also called for a four-year freeze in Israel settlement activity in areas that are designated as part of the future Palestinian state.

The announcement comes after months of waiting – during which the Trump administration implemented a series of policies that have backed Israeli occupation.

Over three years in office, the Trump administration has appointed a hardline pro-settlers lawyer as ambassador to Israel, cut funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), pulled the US from the UN Human Rights Council and declared that settlements are not necessarily illegal. 

It also recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, claiming that the contested holy city is now off the negotiations table.

Done deal: How the peace process sold out the Palestinians

Moreover, in September 2018, the US administration expelled the Palestinian diplomatic mission from Washington, making it difficult to involve Palestinians in the plan. 

In fact, not a single Palestinian was present when Trump released the scheme on Tuesday. Instead, ambassadors from Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates attended the much-maligned meeting.

An end to the right of resistance

The so-called “deal of the century” codifies Washington’s recent pro-Israel policies, including denying Palestinians’ claims to Jerusalem.

Ilan Pappe, an Israeli historian and socialist activist, told Middle East Eye that the Trump administration was looking to turn Palestinians’ political demands for rights into an economic issue.

He said previous US administrations had turned a blind eye to Israel’s policies of expanding settlements while publicly opposing annexation and settlements.

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“This administration had closed the gap between the insincere declared positions and the real ones,” Pappe said.

“Trump’s main focus, under Israel’s influence, is to de-politicise the Palestine issue. It is not a matter of rights anymore – right of return or right of self-determination – but an economic and humanitarian issue that can be solved with money, if the exclusive right for self-determination for the Jews would be accepted by the Palestinians for every part of historical Palestine.”

And while Trump’s policies have not created the status quo of the occupation and settlements, Palestinian rights advocates say the public US shift in favour of Isreal cements the occupation. 

“What the agreement will reflect is US endorsement of existing realities on the ground, which is quite dangerous. It won’t change the situation, but it will make them harder to reverse,” said Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Palestine Studies.

“I think there also might be language about this being the end of the conflict, which has been tried before. And what it essentially means is not that it’s an end to occupation or an end to apartheid or an end to inequality, but that it’s an end to the right of resistance.

“So if anybody says: ‘well, actually no, it’s not over, there’s still any inequality here’, then they can be treated as a terrorist because they’re not accepting that this that the conflict is now over.”

‘We will resist’

Palestinian officials and activists were quick to denounce the plan even before it was announced.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, thousands rallied against the scheme on Tuesday.

“We say to Trump and to the occupation: You will not find among the Palestinians a single person who agrees to the deal of shame and of the century,” Khalil al-Haya, a Hamas official, said at the protest.

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“We give our word today to the world: we reject the deal of the century and we condemn the US policy. We will resist the deal using everything we have. We are united against this deal and we demand our Arab and Muslim nation to reject it.”

Following the announcement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received a call from Hamas leader and former Prime Minister Ismail Haniya in a show of unity against the plan.

Official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Haniya expressed Hamas’s support for Abbas’s firm stance against the “deal of the century”, which he said aims to end the Palestinian national project.

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and architect of the deal, defended the plan and called it the “last chance for the Palestinians to have a state”.

“We tried to carve out a way, with land swaps and bridges and tunnels, to create a Palestinian state that could be contiguous where you can drive form the top through tunnels and bridges, land and highways all the way to the bottom,” he told Al Jazeera Arabic.

“If we don’t do this today, at the rate Israel is growing, it will never be able to be done.”

According to Haaretz, Kushner said in private conversations two years ago that his job was to “make it hard” for the Palestinians to reject the plan, and “not to give them an easy way out.”

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