After more than two years of discussions and various delays, US President Donald Trump has unveiled his long-awaited Middle East plan, which he has also referred to as the “deal of the century”.
Trump’s plan, negotiated with Israel but without the Palestinians, aims to revive the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Tuesday, January 28
‘Trump is giving away what he does not own’
Palestinian politicians and activists slammed the proposal, with many vying to “fight against the plan”.
Fakhry Abu Diab, a Palestinian activist in Silwan neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera: “It is obvious that Trump is trying to repeat history by a establishing new Balfour Declaration.
“[Trump] is giving away what he does not own, to people who have no right to it,” said Abu Diab.
Abbas to visit the Gaza Strip
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promised Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in phone call on Tuesday that he will visit the Gaza Strip and meet him.
“This deal is the final phase of the Balfour Declaration,” he said referring to the Balfour declaration, a statement issued by the British government supporting the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.
World leaders react to Trump’s plan
US President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Middle East plan was denounced by some as “aggressive” and “one-sided” while others say the initiative “could prove a positive step forward”.
“My vision presents a win-win solution for both sides,” Trump said, adding that Israeli leaders have said they will endorse the proposal.
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Palestinian PM Abbas: We reject this proposal
Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas has rejected the proposal put forward by Trump, saying it will “not pass”.
“After the nonsense that we heard today we say a thousand nos to the Deal of The Century,” he said.
“We will not kneel and we will not surrender,” Abbas said, adding that the Palestinians would resist the plan through “peaceful, popular means”.
Kushner: ‘The last chance for Palestinians’
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser and craftsman of Trump’s Middle East plan, said the US president termed the proposal a “last chance” for Palestinians to have a state and to find peace and prosperity.
Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, said convincing Israel to agree to a Palestinian state and to put a four-year freeze on the growth of Israeli settlements were Trump’s biggest achievements.
A cap on Israeli settlements provides the most realistic opportunity for the creation of a Palestinian state, the best chance “that they have ever had and may ever have”.
‘Trump’s statement is nonsense’
“Trump’s statement is aggressive and it will spark a lot of anger,” Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson for the Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip.
“Trump’s statement about Jerusalem is nonsense and Jerusalem will always be a land for the Palestinians … The Palestinians will confront this deal and Jerusalem will remain a Palestinian land,” he added.
“This is a deal between the Zionist regime and America,” tweeted Hesameddin Ashena, an adviser to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. “Interaction with Palestinians is not on its agenda. This is not a peace plan but a plan of imposition and sanctions.”