United Nations has rejected US President Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ and reiterated that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be solved based on UN resolutions and international law.
In a statement by Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, said: “The position of the United Nations on the two-State solution has been defined, throughout the years, by relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions by which the Secretariat is bound.”
He added: “The United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis in resolving the conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions, international law, and bilateral agreements and realizing the vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.”
It is worth noting that Trump has ignored the two-state solution adopted by the UN and the international community and proposed his own view of the two-state solution, which ignores the 1967 borders and has all of Jerusalem under full Israeli sovereignty.
The Palestinians rejected Trump’s initiative and saying that no peace deal could be made without their approval, while global reactions have labeled the ‘Deal of the Century’ as a resurrection of grand apartheid.
The deal has already exacerbated the anger of the Arab masses who still believe the Palestinian cause is the top Arab priority, and that there is no alternative to a national Palestinian homeland as the product of a two-state solution. This has always been the position of previous US administrations, and until recently insisted was the basis for a solution.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued Tuesday that it supported international efforts to reach a fair settlement for the Palestinian cause in a way that restores the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights that include the establishment of an independent state with full sovereignty over the occupied lands in accordance with the “International legitimacy”.
In a phone call between Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El Sisi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both leaders stressed the need to consider both the Palestinian and Israeli visions, with the aim of reaching an agreement that achieves comprehensive and just peace, in accordance with the provisions of the international legitimacy, and in a way that restores full legitimate rights of the Palestinian peace and backs security of the Middle East, the Presidency said in a statement.
Under the newly unveiled peace plan, the Palestinians will be granted limited autonomy within a Palestinian homeland that consists of multiple non-contiguous enclaves scattered throughout the West Bank and Gaza. The government of Israel will retain security control over the Palestinian enclaves and will continue to control Palestinian borders, airspace, aquifers, maritime waters, and electromagnetic spectrum. Israel will be allowed to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish communities in the West Bank. The Palestinians will be allowed to select the leaders of their new homeland but will have no political rights in Israel, the state that actually rules over them.
The Trump plan grants the Palestinian homeland autonomy over civil matters like education and healthcare, while critical areas such as trade, immigration, and security will remain under Israeli control.
The Deal of the Century failed to resonate among Egyptians, now being called an annexation plan rather than a peace plan by prominent political and public figures. Many see the plan as likely nothing more than an election ploy on Trump’s and Netanyahu’s part, noting that one is being impeached and the latter is being indicted on corruption charges.
Jared Kushner, the so-called architect of the “Doomed Deal”, and whose only true qualifications seem to be that he is the son-in-law of President Trump publically on CNN accused the Palestinians of ‘screwing up another opportunity,’ entirely mischaracterized the Trump plan as an opportunity for peace. Since his appointment by President Trump as a Senior Adviser, Jared Kushner has been a focal point of mockery by the both American and International media for his apparent lack of understanding of the true underlining issues of the conflict.
Opposition voices out of Washington such as Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president, said that Washington must ensure a just agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. “Any acceptable peace deal must be consistent with international law and multiple UN resolutions”. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a prominent Democrat, called the scheme an “anti-peace” plan. Several Democrats in the House of Representatives also rejected the so-called “deal of the century”. Mark Pocan, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said the plan was a “massive step backwards”. Additionally Congressman Andy Levin, a Michigan Democrat, challenged Trump’s assertion that the proposal will lead to a two-state solution.
As the Egyptian saying goes, “it’s a matter that makes you laugh and a matter that makes you cry” as the plan continues to be ridiculed as outrageous, ridiculous, unacceptable, an election ploy, unfair and overall not a very funny joke impacting the future and lives of millions of people around the world.
And so we enter yet another decade of Palestinian – Israeli conflicts fueled by an unfair plan which is seen by many as a failed attempt at true sustainable peace in the region, serving the self-interest of a few over the political will of the many.