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Middle East Peace Plan: A Deserted Palestine Amidst Prosperous Israel

Middle East peace plan, Washington’s gift to the raging Israel-Palestine conflict was finally unveiled on Tuesday. Speaking from the White House, the US President Donald Trump remarked, how previous presidents failed to solve the conflict and how he was “not elected to do small things”. Besides stating that his plan perfectly presented a win-win opportunity for both sides.

Standing next to the smiling Israeli Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump announced details of his 181-page plan amidst applause from the crowd. As expected, no Palestinian leader marked their presence, having already rejected Trump’s proposal.

The US President promised Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, whilst proposing an independent Palestinian state with a capital in east Jerusalem, mostly desert. Further recognizing the majority of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestine territory as a part of the country. In replacement for which, a Palestinian state would receive territory near Gaza to make up for the loss of about 30 per cent of the West Bank.

However, the middle east peace plan was rejected by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and instead disguised as a “conspiracy”. “I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass,” he said in a televised address from Ramallah in the West Bank.

Presently, more than 400,000 Israelis put up in West Bank settlements. The settlements that are deemed illegal under international law, the terms that Netanyahu denied accepting.

President Trump claimed that his middle east peace plan would be good enough to last 80 years, but it’s unclear how viable the plan would be if put into action.

To understand this plan here is what it states. At first, it defines Israeli settlements, how Palestinians might conditionally form a state, and how Israel’s security is never compromised. Positively, 30 per cent of the land taken by adjusting to West Bank settlements would return. And as claims state, Gaza and the West Bank would be linked by high speed rail.

However, what it doesn’t state is how displaced Palestinians will return to their old properties in Israel, why will an independent state of Palestine not have the power to form a military and protect itself from Israeli threats, and how a deserted east of Jerusalem would fulfill the needs of its citizen.

Finding Solution with Donald Trump

While explaining the economic portions of the plan, Trump promised 1million new jobs for Palestinians over the next 10 years, and touted $50bn in investment in the new state. But in order to avail all this, and to form the sovereign state of Palestine, the nation has to follow a series of steps, which also includes dissolution of Hamas, which controls Gaza.

In Trump’s own words he has done what no other president could do, much like the way he said at 73rd UN General Assembly, only to make himself a subject of laughter. To hear Trump is one thing, and to believe him his another.

There are protests only when the plan has been officially stated. So, considering to put it into action would mark insurgency and more bloodshed rather than peace. It is “impossible for any Palestinian, Arab, Muslim or Christian child to accept” a state without Jerusalem, Abbas said.

Israeli-Palestine conflict has been the world’s longest-running chaos, with no solution in hindsight. Israel captured the eastern part of the city along with the West Bank and Gaza in a 1967 war, and it has been chaotic ever after. “We say a thousand no’s to the deal of the century,” the Palestinian leader said concluding his speech.

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