Middle East Monitor.com Sun., April 28, 2019
US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century”, a backchannel plan to reach peace between the Palestinians and Israel, is nothing but a mere “hoax”, experts believe.
Since taking office in early 2017, Trump has been formulating the plan, along with senior adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner and special Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt.
According to past statements by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the scheme would give Israel parts of the West Bank which are considered “occupied territory” under international law.
“The deal of the century is a pro-Israel colonial plan,” Rabab Abdulhadi of the San Francisco State University told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
“Peace means respecting the inalienable Palestinian rights and self-determination, allowing the Palestinians to decide their own future, giving refugees the right to return to their lands, eliminating racism and discrimination, and stopping all the abusive practices against the Palestinians.”
“If you [US] don’t provide this, there will never be peace,” Abdulhadi said.
She argued that Trump, Kushner and Greenblatt are all “pro-Israel, pro-racism, and pro-Islamophobia”, and added: “This is a new attempt to divert, derail and liquidate the Palestinian cause…To confront this scheme, the Palestinians have to continue what they are doing; resistance.”
Details of the US plan are expected to be announced after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which will start early next month.
Mohanad Mustafa of the Haifa University in Israel said the Arab states have yet to come up with a clear position on the US peace scheme.
The expert went on to call on the Palestinians to end their internal divisions and “come up with a unified position against the deal”.