US proposed plan ‘Deal of the Century’ does not include Palestinian state

Report reveals that the US-sponsored ‘deal of the century’ will likely not include a sovereign Palestinian state.

By Sohaila Barghash

The US peace plan was proposed by President Donald Trump and crafted by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

The Washington Post stated in a report published on the agreement, that the plan “stop[s] short of ensuring a separate, fully sovereign Palestinian state” in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip.

Although the agreement was found to ensure practical improvements in the lives of Palestinians, there is no guarantee it will secure a Palestinian state, moreover, it will eradicate the possibility for good.

The report, published yesterday stated, “Arab officials familiar with Kushner’s sales pitches” who said he has “offered no specifics but suggested that the plan turned on economic opportunities for Palestinians and an enshrining of Israeli control of disputed territory”.

The White House is set to release its long-awaited peace deal later this year, however, comments from Kushner and other US officials suggest that it “does away with statehood as the starting premise of peace efforts”.

In this regard, analysts claim the plan is predicted to focus heavily on Israeli security concerns.

For instance, the report cites, “Kushner and other US officials have linked peace and economic development to Arab recognition of Israel and acceptance of a version of the status quo on Palestinian ‘autonomy,’ as opposed to ‘sovereignty’.”

In recent weeks, high profile US officials have avoided answering questions about Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, which has provided the basis for many peace negotiations in the past decades.

Last week, during a senate hearing, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to support the two-state solution saying, “we are now working with many parties to share what our vision is as to how to solve this problem”.

Generally, most analysts agree that Kushner is likely to fail as decades of US-backed efforts to revive a peace deal have continued to fail ever since the failure of the 1993 Oslo Accords.

The deal has often been suspected of being biased towards Israel’s interests, assuming that Palestinian as well as Arab leaders will reject the deal.

During his first meeting of the new Palestinian government, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that “the first challenge ahead of the new government is the ‘deal of the century’,” referring to talk attempts with the Trump administration as “useless”.

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