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PA’s Mahmoud Abbas says Trump’s plan offers ‘Swiss cheese’ state

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has  restated the Palestinians’ rejection of  United States President Donald Trump’s so-called Middle East plan, informing the United Nations Security Council that the just recently revealed proposition would bring neither peace nor stability and would leave Palestinians with a state looking like “Swiss cheese”.

“I have come to you today to reaffirm the Palestinian position that rejects the Israeli-American proposal,” Abbas stated in his address on Tuesday, keeping in mind that this position had actually likewise been supported by the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the African Union.

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Abbas contacted Trump to go back to settlements based upon existing UN resolutions that require a 2-state service based upon pre-1967 borders, and advised the council to hold an international conference  to look for a settlement for the long-running dispute.

Abbas stated the rejection of the plan, which Trump revealed together with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late last month, is the result of its “unilateral steps that violate international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative”.

“It annuls the legitimacy of the Palestinian rights, our rights to self-determination, freedom, and independence, in our own state,” he stated.

“It legitimised what is illegal – settlements and confiscation and annexation of Palestinian land,” he stated, describing Israel’s prohibited settlement growth project in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem

The plan, the item of 3 years of effort by Trump’s son-in-law and senior consultant Jared Kushner, pictures a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over essential parts of the West Bank to Israel and favours Israel on essential controversial concerns consisting of borders, the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.

Under the proposition, the Palestinians would have parts of the West Bank and Gaza for their state and a brand-new capital in Abu Dis, a residential area simply outside Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority desires both  inhabited  East Jerusalem and the West Bank to be part of a future state.

The proposition was made without the input of Palestinians, who broke off ties with the Trump administration after it controversially identified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in late 2017.

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A draft resolution, cosponsored by Tunisia and Indonesia and backed by the Palestinian delegation, had actually stated Trump’s plan breaks international law and Security Council needs for a 2-state service based upon the borders of Palestine prior to the 1967 war.

It would have revealed the council’s decision “to take a look at useful methods and implies to protect the full execution of its pertinent resolutions, consisting of enforcement steps under Chapter 7 of the [UN] Charter,” which cover military and nonmilitary ways.

However it appeared not likely that the Palestinians would have adequate assistance in the council to put it up for a vote in the middle of reports the draft resolution was postponed  following United States pressure.

Al Jazeera’s James Bays, reporting from the UN head office in New york city, stated the Palestinians and their allies might have “misplayed their hands”.

“Certainly their early draft of the resolution was very critical of the Trump plan, and I think that was what forced the Americans to ring up the Tunisians to sack their ambassador,” Bays stated, describing Tunisia’s former UN envoy Moncef Baati, who was apparently fired recently for going even more than President Kais Saied desired in his criticism of the United States proposition.

“It also caused concern among other UNSC countries. I think what the Palestinians didn’t want was to put a resolution to a vote, and have not just the US on one side, but have more countries abstaining,” Bays stated, describing the lack of a vote.

Palestinians ‘not confident’

In his speech, Abbas restated that peace in between the Palestinians and Israelis “is still possible” and “achievable”.

“We are still committed to peace as a strategic choice, but this deal is not an international partnership,” he stated.

On the other hand, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, implicated Abbas of being impractical.

“President Abbas refused to be pragmatic. He refuses to negotiate. He is not interested in finding a realistic solution to the conflict,” Danon informed the Security Council. 

His remarks came as countless Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank collected in Ramallah to voice their assistance for their management’s position and to oppose once again Trump’s plan.

Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, reporting from Ramallah, stated the profusion of assistance for Abbas’s speech came regardless of numerous Palestinians sensation helpless.

“They say they’ve been promised for years … not any one resolution they say has been implemented on the ground,” Ibrahim stated.

“From the expansion of settlements, the US embassy move … they don’t seem to be holding much hope. Palestinians are not hopeful that the reality on the ground is going to change,” she stated.

“Palestinians believe Israel is already moving forward with the plan, and that what the US has done is just put facts on the ground on a piece of paper and called it a peace plan.”

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