One thing is certain: this so-called peace plan by
US President Donald Trumpwhich he calls the "deal of the century", quite
certainly not bring. In a Press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu it became clear: This Trump’s “vision” for the Middle East clearly favors Israel.
The US President and his team have decided: Jerusalem remains the undivided capital of the Jewish state, whereby the current status quo is preserved on the Temple Mount and Muslims can continue to pray on the plateau with Al-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. The Palestinians should get their capital in "eastern Jerusalem" if they agree to the peace plan. Where exactly is unclear, but it is likely that it means any outskirts or even suburbs of the city. This decision alone is unacceptable for the Palestinians and reason enough to reject the plan.
But the really crucial thing that President Mahmoud Abbas and the Authority should accept is the new division of the West Bank. Trump unconditionally accepts Israel's sovereignty over the entire Jordan Valley as Israel's new and secure eastern border. He also recognizes Israel's sovereignty over all settlements and over all places in the Hebrew Bible – a clear concession to Trump's evangelical electorate that is extremely pro-Zionist.
A torn shred
But where exactly should the Palestinian state be that this peace plan provides? A state in which there is no longer agitation against Israel, which is demilitarized, in which families of terrorists are no longer financed and in which human rights will apply. The deal expects the current Palestinian territory to double for this state. But if you follow Trump's words that "no Palestinian and no Israeli have to give up their homes", it can only mean that there will be numerous Jewish settlements within this Palestinian state. Or to put it another way: that this Palestinian state will be more of a shred.
Trump promised the Palestinians economic support with around $ 50 billion. He assured them during the press conference that the United States will accompany the peace process and that the territory offered will remain in its current status for four years, so that Israel must not promote changes, settlements or anything else. The United States gives the Palestinians four years to consider whether or not to accept the proposal. But if not – yes, what then?
So far, the United States has asked Israel for concessions when it comes to a peace plan. Concessions that not only Israeli rights, but increasingly also the so-called mainstream, could not and would no longer accept. The changes in the Middle East, the growing threat, the distrust of the Palestinians who were given land but in return only received rockets – many Israelis no longer believe in a peace solution. The fear of risking one's own security with even more concessions has increased due to the suicide bombings during the Second Intifada and the wars with Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
In addition, the Palestinian leadership, in a permanent misjudgment of its possibilities, rejected every Israeli offer and demanded more and more. Even when the then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered President Abbas almost all of the occupied territories, as well as East Jerusalem, the erratic Palestinian leader said no. And when Obama sat in the White House with Obama, who offered the Palestinians the best possible opportunities, they were not seized.
Now the tide has turned: the Palestinians, who thought that time was on their side, must gradually realize that they had lost their options. Israel appears to have won the diplomatic struggle and is now getting "ideal" conditions for the first time.