Donald Trump Expects The Support Of The Palestinians For His Peace Plan But "if Not, Life Goes On"

The US president will announce the details of the proposal he orchestrates with the leaders of Israel, acting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz. Trump believes that Palestinian leaders will support his project "eventually", despite the strong rejection they have expressed about the meeting.

The peace plan for the Middle East, whose extensive announcement will be finalized on Tuesday, January 28, will "eventually" have the support of the Palestinians, as entrusted to US President Donald Trump, promoter of the project.

"We have the support of the prime minister, we have the support of the rest of the parties and we believe that in the end we will have the support of the Palestinians, but we will see. If we succeed, it will be a tremendous tribute to all, and if not, life goes on, "said the president with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he held a meeting to internalize him on the plan.

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Separately, he also commented on the details of the opposition leader, Benny Gantz, also invited to the US capital to discuss the proposal.

Despite the strong rejection of Palestinian leaders and the boycott call they made to other Arab countries, Trump said his initiative "has a chance" to move forward and that, "in the end," the Palestinians will accept the plan.

The US president avoided giving more details about his plan, which will be presented a year after it was announced. Trump justified the delay due to the uncertain political situation in Israel, which on March 2 will hold the third elections in less than a year, hoping to settle the pulse between Netanyahu and Gantz, so far unable to get enough support to form A new government.

"The agreement of the century," according to the Israeli prime minister

The exultant expressions of Netanyahu and Gantz were added to Trump's alleged enthusiasm.

The acting Israeli leader considered that the United States proposal is "the agreement of the century" and "the opportunity of the century" that "we will not let it pass."

For his part, Gantz said Trump's project is "a significant and historic milestone" that he hoped to implement once he became prime minister with other countries in the region. Among them, he specifically mentioned Jordan.

Although they did not transcend details of the proposal, sources cited by the Israeli media said the plan would seek to determine Israeli sovereignty over the occupied territories in the West Bank – captured in the Six Day War of 1967, an operation considered illegal by the UN. among them the Jordan Valley.

That border zone constitutes 30% of the West Bank territory and is considered a vital security asset. Its annexation has been one of Netanyahu's electoral promises and Trump's support would give some impetus to his initiative, which has been considered by the UN as "devastating" for peace in the region and contrary to international law.

Palestinian leaders predict the failure of Trump's plan and call his boycott

But beyond Trump's optimistic expressions, skepticism surrounds his plan. The chances of success are unlikely, taking into account the opposite positions expressed by the Palestinian leaders.

The Palestinian dome has no contact with Trump since he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017 and move the US embassy there. Israelis like the Palestinians consider Jerusalem as their capital.

According to local media, the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, rejected a phone call from the US president to discuss the terms of his plan.

Last week, Abbas warned Israel and the United States that they "do not cross red lines" and said they will announce several steps to "safeguard" their "legitimate rights" if the project is unacceptable.

And the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Mohammad Shtayyeh, denounced from Ramallah the proposal because "it does not constitute a basis for resolving the conflict." The official said the plan violates international law and "comes from a party that has lost its credibility to be an honest agent in a serious and genuine political process."

"This is a plan to protect Trump from political trial and Netanyahu from going to prison. … He grants Israel sovereignty over the Palestinian people at a time when the International Criminal Court is discussing the issue of their occupation," he said. Shtayyeh

Meanwhile, groups of Palestinian militants demonstrated in the Gaza Strip on Monday, January 27 to reject the potential agreement. Among other actions, they starred in a sit-down and burned a Donald Trump doll, which carried the flags of the United States and Israel.

Palestinian militants hold a doll of US President Donald Trump with the flags of the United States and Israel before burning it during a protest in the Gaza Strip on January 27, 2020. © Mohammed Salem / Reuters

Likewise, Palestinian leaders have called on ambassadors of Arab nations to boycott Trump's call on Tuesday, January 28. However, official US sources consulted by the EFE agency said that "many of the Arab countries already agree" and "it seems like a great start."

The electoral calculations behind Trump's peace plan

With the March 2 elections on the horizon, many analysts have considered the presentation of Trump's peace plan not so much as a serious negotiation attempt between Israel and the Palestinians, but as an endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu in the face of the elections.

The potential inclusion of the annexation of the occupied territories and the Jordan Valley in the peace plan would endorse one of Netanyahu's campaign promises, who could thus attract hard-line nationalist supporters and move forward in a personal yearning to leave that action as a legacy.

Gantz's participation, meanwhile, is explained by the political uncertainty to which Israel has been subjected. The former general has focused his campaign for the third election in less than a year on torpedoing the figure of Netanyahu, who would face a trial for accusations of fraud, abuse of trust and acceptance of bribes if Parliament, as expected, It removes immunity.

"Netanyahu will not be able to administer a country and also handle his trial," Gantz said in a statement in Hebrew from Washington.

For his part, Trump, also involved in a political trial against him in the Senate, could take advantage of this alleged peace plan favorable to Israel to strengthen his image with his base of white evangelical Christian voters, a sector he considers key to the November presidential elections.

With AP and EFE

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