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Washington - Report: U.S. Peace Plan Divides Jerusalem, Keeps Israeli Settlement Blocs

Published on: February 28, 2018 10:30 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Washington - Two days after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned the US against taking “false steps” on the peace process, the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Wednesday that the Trump administration’s plan to jump-start peace talks calls for east Jerusalem as the capital of a demilitarized Palestinian state whose borders do not match the pre-1967 lines.

According to the Saudi paper published in London, Arab states are unhappy with the framework and are trying to change it before it is presented.

Under the plan, according to the report, the United States would recognize a Palestinian state and its capital in east Jerusalem, on condition that the Old City would come under international protection. The plan calls for the Jordan Valley and major settlement blocs to remain under Israeli sovereignty, and for small, isolated settlements to be relocated.

The Trump administration swiftly dismissed the report.

“It is unfortunate that some parties are seeking to prejudice people against our unfinished plan, which these sources have not seen,” said Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman.
“Nobody should be basing their reaction, public or private, on these reports.”

Raffel said the peace team would continue working on its “real plan” and encouraged regional leaders to dismiss rumors in their press.

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US allies – including France, Britain and Saudi Arabia, where the sourcing for this report allegedly originated – have not been briefed on details of the plan, and thus are not in a position to confirm or deny its contents with authority. However, some educated guesses on specific proposals may ultimately land closer to truth than to fiction, given that the contours of the conflict are so well known.

“This is a mix of possibilities and ideas, some of which have existed for decades,” a senior White House official said. “We are going to continue working on the plan that is designed to benefit both Israelis and Palestinians and will release it when it is done and the time is right.”

The report’s claim that the White House peace team will support international protection for Jerusalem also contradicts an earlier assertion from a senior administration official that the Western Wall will likely be under Israeli control in any agreement with the Palestinians.

“We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel,” the senior US official said in December. “But as the president said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final-status agreement.”

“We note that we cannot imagine Israel would sign a peace agreement that didn’t include the Western Wall,” the official added.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco met earlier this week in Brussels with Mogherini and the 28 European Union foreign ministers and said that the plan tilts toward Israel and is unacceptable to the Palestinians.

The report stated that the Arab foreign ministers asked the EU to immediately engage with the US and get them to change the parameters of the plan before it is presented, because it will be much more difficult to do so afterward.

Mogherini’s comments after that meeting seemed to give credence to this. She said that the EU and Arab League foreign ministers “have dealt with the conflict long enough around our common table to know what can fly and what cannot fly, and we believe it is wise to consider what can fly and cannot fly in terms of peace plans before putting any plans on the table and avoiding any false steps. Because, given the region, any false step can be very dangerous.”

The Asharq al-Awsat report, based on Arab diplomatic sources in Paris, said the US intends to present the plan at an international conference to be held in an Arab capital, likely Cairo. The plan, according to the paper, calls for the PA to get more security and administrative authority in Areas A and B of the West Bank, and for the US to raise $40 billion to develop the Palestinian state and its institutions.

Regarding the contentious refugee issue, the plan calls for the refugees and their descendants to be absorbed in the countries where they now reside – and not to be granted a “right of return” – and for compensation to be paid.

The Prime Minister’s Office would not respond to the report.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said last week at the University of Chicago that the American plan is nearing completion.

“They’re coming up with a plan,” she said of US negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. All three diplomats briefed members of the UN Security Council on the progress of their plan last week, while omitting key details even in that closed-door session.

Haley said at the university, “It won’t be loved by either side, and it won’t be hated by either side.”



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 Mar 01, 2018 at 01:14 AM Crazykanoiy Says:

Sorry day for all those Trump supporters that put their blind faith in a man like Trump. The reality is that despite all of Trump's Jerusalem talk to date, no official US documents have been changed to read Jerusalem, Israel. US Passports and Certificates of Birth Abroad still say Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Now Trump supports dividing Jerusalem. According to Axios Israel is deeply concerned over his inaction on Iran in Syria. Trump told Yisrael Hayom that he does not know if Israel really wants peace and he had the White House publicly contradict Netanyahu's claim of US support for settlements.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 04:24 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

#1 is another s oros troll like yamsa, he's bitter we no longer have a Kenyan pres., Trump is the most pro israel president ever, he is light years from the farrakhan follower we had for 8 years aka the affirmative action president.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 07:02 AM grandbear Says:

For a party that didn't even exist before 1948 and who's supporters fought and lost a war, they have an awful lot to dictate.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 08:19 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Wow. Who could have imagined?

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:38 AM abilenetx Says:

Again peace for a piece, when will people understand Israel gives, piece, piece, piece, and the Arabs keep on taking the piece and the piece, and the piece but no PEACE. There will only be one peace for the Arabs when Israel and the Hebrews, Jews, Israelis what ever you want to call the people will disappear from the earth, and then the Arabs will try to kill each other, remember wrong tribe. And the sad part is that the Erev Rav government keeps on going along with this piece for peace plan and guess what nothing happens other than one more Arab missile over Israel, and the world then blames Israel for the missile.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 10:07 AM AmYisroel Says:

Why would anyone believe some Arab papers claim about a proposal that no one has seen let's wait until the actual proposal is released and then pass judgement

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 10:32 AM stamnamefortrump Says:

At the end of the day we can only rely on Hashem

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 10:45 AM StevenWright Says:

Reply to #1  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Sorry day for all those Trump supporters that put their blind faith in a man like Trump. The reality is that despite all of Trump's Jerusalem talk to date, no official US documents have been changed to read Jerusalem, Israel. US Passports and Certificates of Birth Abroad still say Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Now Trump supports dividing Jerusalem. According to Axios Israel is deeply concerned over his inaction on Iran in Syria. Trump told Yisrael Hayom that he does not know if Israel really wants peace and he had the White House publicly contradict Netanyahu's claim of US support for settlements.

you're right.
much better to support a liberal democrat that promises taking away that which israel already has.
besides taking away what YOU already have.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 11:53 AM Alzuko Says:

Reply to #1  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Sorry day for all those Trump supporters that put their blind faith in a man like Trump. The reality is that despite all of Trump's Jerusalem talk to date, no official US documents have been changed to read Jerusalem, Israel. US Passports and Certificates of Birth Abroad still say Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Now Trump supports dividing Jerusalem. According to Axios Israel is deeply concerned over his inaction on Iran in Syria. Trump told Yisrael Hayom that he does not know if Israel really wants peace and he had the White House publicly contradict Netanyahu's claim of US support for settlements.

Trump support for dividing Jerusalem wpuld clearly contradict his public statements about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 07:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Alzuko Says:

Trump support for dividing Jerusalem wpuld clearly contradict his public statements about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.

"Contradict his public statements" Not the first time.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 07:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Alzuko Says:

Trump support for dividing Jerusalem wpuld clearly contradict his public statements about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.

He never said that United Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel. He made it clear, crystal clear that the boundaries of Jerusalem will be determined later. Well the later is here. Read his whole statement, not only the words you like.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Sorry day for all those Trump supporters that put their blind faith in a man like Trump. The reality is that despite all of Trump's Jerusalem talk to date, no official US documents have been changed to read Jerusalem, Israel. US Passports and Certificates of Birth Abroad still say Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Now Trump supports dividing Jerusalem. According to Axios Israel is deeply concerned over his inaction on Iran in Syria. Trump told Yisrael Hayom that he does not know if Israel really wants peace and he had the White House publicly contradict Netanyahu's claim of US support for settlements.

Thank G D. What else do you want Trump shld do. Bow for Bibi? Hes done enough to storm the Muslim world. Mayb we all become dual citizens to Israel or just Israeli citizens? Enough with the Embassy, passport Jerusalem garbage!

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 07:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Sorry day for all those Trump supporters that put their blind faith in a man like Trump. The reality is that despite all of Trump's Jerusalem talk to date, no official US documents have been changed to read Jerusalem, Israel. US Passports and Certificates of Birth Abroad still say Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Now Trump supports dividing Jerusalem. According to Axios Israel is deeply concerned over his inaction on Iran in Syria. Trump told Yisrael Hayom that he does not know if Israel really wants peace and he had the White House publicly contradict Netanyahu's claim of US support for settlements.

"Passports" Jerusalem,Jerusalem. The new passports for many, if this Trump move is true will be Jerusalem, Palestine. Mazel Tov Trumpists. The NK in 50 years couldn't accomplish what you guys did in 14 months.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:37 PM Ppppp Says:

Reply to #5  
abilenetx Says:

Again peace for a piece, when will people understand Israel gives, piece, piece, piece, and the Arabs keep on taking the piece and the piece, and the piece but no PEACE. There will only be one peace for the Arabs when Israel and the Hebrews, Jews, Israelis what ever you want to call the people will disappear from the earth, and then the Arabs will try to kill each other, remember wrong tribe. And the sad part is that the Erev Rav government keeps on going along with this piece for peace plan and guess what nothing happens other than one more Arab missile over Israel, and the world then blames Israel for the missile.

Don’t worry, this president is not going to pressure Israel into any dangerous “goodwill gestures”like Obama the fehrd did (without asking the so called Palestinians to give anything, other than coming to “negotiate.” Trump has clearly said he only supports a two state solution IF both sides agree! That’s big!

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Sorry day for all those Trump supporters that put their blind faith in a man like Trump. The reality is that despite all of Trump's Jerusalem talk to date, no official US documents have been changed to read Jerusalem, Israel. US Passports and Certificates of Birth Abroad still say Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Now Trump supports dividing Jerusalem. According to Axios Israel is deeply concerned over his inaction on Iran in Syria. Trump told Yisrael Hayom that he does not know if Israel really wants peace and he had the White House publicly contradict Netanyahu's claim of US support for settlements.

How idiotic. These phony statements about the new “peace plan”are quotes from the arabs, known liars. Plus, Pres. Trump is smart enough to know the palis aren’t coming to the table, and are certainly not accepting any deal that requires any kind of compromise on their side; they want it all. Therefore the US is just paying lip service to the Arab world in their effort to forge a peace deal, knowing the Arabs won’t agree. Meantime, his actions in behalf of Israel clearly show he said in their side...this is the most pro Israel president in history!

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Alzuko Says:

Trump support for dividing Jerusalem wpuld clearly contradict his public statements about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.

Have you ever heard Trump say he wants to divide Jerusalem? You just read that the Arabs said it. That should tell you all you need to know.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Thank G D. What else do you want Trump shld do. Bow for Bibi? Hes done enough to storm the Muslim world. Mayb we all become dual citizens to Israel or just Israeli citizens? Enough with the Embassy, passport Jerusalem garbage!

Spoken like true niturei karta apikores...

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
StevenWright Says:

you're right.
much better to support a liberal democrat that promises taking away that which israel already has.
besides taking away what YOU already have.

Liberals are nuts! I can not understand how any decent Jew could support dems!

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

"Passports" Jerusalem,Jerusalem. The new passports for many, if this Trump move is true will be Jerusalem, Palestine. Mazel Tov Trumpists. The NK in 50 years couldn't accomplish what you guys did in 14 months.

Idiot snowflake nonsense. Dishonesty is your middle name.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Sorry day for all those Trump supporters that put their blind faith in a man like Trump. The reality is that despite all of Trump's Jerusalem talk to date, no official US documents have been changed to read Jerusalem, Israel. US Passports and Certificates of Birth Abroad still say Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Now Trump supports dividing Jerusalem. According to Axios Israel is deeply concerned over his inaction on Iran in Syria. Trump told Yisrael Hayom that he does not know if Israel really wants peace and he had the White House publicly contradict Netanyahu's claim of US support for settlements.

At least the first part of your name is accurate.

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