Palestinians Say Donald Trump's Peace Plan Is Dead – Middle East – International

The Palestinians threatened to withdraw from the Oslo Accords, which frame their relations with Israel, if the president of the United States, Donald Trump, continues with his plan of peace in the Middle East, considered "historic" by Israel.

If Trump announces his plan, as scheduled for Tuesday, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reserves the right to “withdraw from the interim agreement” (name of the concrete results) of the Oslo discussions, the secretary said General of the PLO, Saeb Erekat.

According to the Oslo II interim agreement, of September 1995, between the PLO and Israel, the West Bank was divided into three zones: A, under civil and Palestinian security control; B, under Israeli civil and security control, and C, under Israeli civil and security control.


The provisional agreement ended in 1999, and since then it has been tacitly renewed by both parties. For Erekat, the US plan UU. "It will transform temporary occupation into permanent occupation."

President Trump's Middle East peace plan "is doomed to fail," said Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader, who rules in the Gaza Strip, the small Palestinian enclave with two million inhabitants.

Israel considers it legitimate to build in settlements in occupied territory when it comes to public lands


EFE / Abed Al Haslhamoun

The Islamist movement also called for talks in Cairo with the other "Palestinian factions," including Al Fatah, of the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas – who governs the occupied West Bank – to coordinate the reaction to the US plan.

After his statement, a rocket was launched from Gaza into Israel, according to the Israeli Army, which said it had responded.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz are scheduled to meet with President Trump on Monday to discuss the plan.

The Palestinians said they were not invited to the discussions and criticized the US. UU. for recognizing, under Trump's rule, Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and for having defended the presence of Israeli settlements – contrary to international law – in the Occupied Territories.

The US plan UU. will transform temporary occupation into permanent occupation

The colonization by Israel of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has accelerated in recent years since Trump's arrival at the White House.



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