Trump says he will unveil Israel-Palestine plan Tuesday

Donald Trump with Benjamin Netanyahu

Donald Trump with Benjamin Netanyahu 

US President Donald Trump said Monday he will be revealing his long-awaited “deal of the century” plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“It’s a very big plan, it will be a suggestion between Israel and the Palestinians. It’s the closest it’s ever come and we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House while hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We have the support of the prime minister, we have the support of the other parties, and we think we will ultimately have the support of the Palestinians, but we’re going to see,” the president added, noting the plan will be unveiled at mid-day Tuesday.

Trump is slated to meet Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz later Monday in the Oval Office.

READ: Deal of the century offers non-sovereign Palestinian state

Palestinian officials, however, have rejected the plan altogether, and a Palestinian official said President Mahmoud Abbas has turned down Trump’s request to speak by phone ahead of the plan’s rollout.

Israel’s Channel 12 and 13 has said Trump’s plan would recognise Israeli sovereignty over virtually all settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law.

That would effectively move the US-recognised Israeli border further east into Palestinian territory, and Israeli sovereignty would be recognised over the whole of Jerusalem, which Palestinians seek as the capital of their future state.

It would also recognise a demilitarised Palestinian state at a later time reportedly under the terms of the plan, which Channel 12 said will also demand Hamas’ disarmament and Palestinian recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

If the plan is revealed this week, it would come with Trump in the thick of his Senate impeachment trial, and as the Israeli Knesset votes on possible immunity for Netanyahu in three graft cases.

READ: PA launches action against the US’ deal of the century

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Deal of the century offers non-sovereign Palestinian state

US President Donald Trump speaks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on 21 December, 2019 

US President Donald Trump’s deal of the century offers a non-sovereign Palestinian state which would not have an army or call East Jerusalem its capital, Rassd reported yesterday.

Quoting Israeli newspaper Yedioth AhronothRassd said Trump expects Palestinian Authority (PA), PLO and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas to reject it.

He will, therefore, give the deal a four-year-preparation period in the hopes of Abbas’ successor accepting it.

Yedioth Ahronoth reported Israeli officials saying that the non-sovereign Palestinian state will be established on 70 per cent of the area of the occupied West Bank with Jerusalem’s neighbourhood of Shuafat as its capital.

READ: US ‘deal of the century’ demilitarises Palestinian resistance

Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa Mosque and all other holy sites, would remain under Israeli control. The Muslim and Christian sites would, however, be administered jointly by the PA and Israel.

Between 30 and 40 per cent of Area C in the occupied West Bank will be annexed by Israel. Fifteen Israeli Jewish settlements would remain isolated and 60 settlement posts with 3,000 settlers will be dismantled.

According to the Oslo Accords, the occupied West Bank is divided into three areas: A, B and C. Area A, which includes 18 per cent of the West Bank, is under full administrative and security control of the PA.

Area B, which includes 21 per cent of the occupied West Bank, is under the administrative control of the PA and the security control of the Israeli occupation.

Area C, which includes 61 per cent of the West Bank, is under full administrative and security control of Israel.

During the four years of preparation, building in Area C is to be frozen completely.

READ: Hamas ready to take joint steps with Fatah against deal of the century

The deal stipulates that the Palestinian state would have no control over its air space, borders, crossings and would have no power to hold any agreement with foreign countries.

It proposes a tunnel to connect Gaza to the West Bank, however, Israel has yet to agree to this because it believes the tunnel can be used for weapons smuggling.

The deal would require Hamas and Islamic Jihad to relinquish their arms.

Some $50 billion in funding for economic projects would be made available for the proposed Palestinian state with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman joining leaders of other Gulf States in pledging funding for the deal.

Trump's Deal - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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PA arrests Fatah cell targeting its intelligence chief

Chief of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Intelligence Services Majed Faraj [Twitter]

Chief of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Intelligence Services Majed Faraj 

Palestinian Authority (PA) security services have arrested a group of Fatah members planning to target the chief of the PA’s General Intelligence Service Majed Faraj and his family, Arab48 reported yesterday.

According to the news website, Israeli and Palestinian sources revealed information about the cell to the Israeli media.

The Israeli news website Walla! reported the sources saying that some of the suspects had spent time in Israeli prisons and are linked to the Fatah leader and former Intelligence Chief Tawfiq Al-Tirawi.

Al-Tirawi has been an outspoken critic of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and has disputes with a number of senior Palestinian figures.

READ: Calls for Palestinian elections are welcome, but under what conditions? 

The Israeli website reported that the PA’s Preventive Security Services found weapons and explosive devices in the possession of the suspects.

The  man heading the cell, the sources said, confessed to planning to target Faraj’s family by planting a bomb in their car, stating that they had already tracked family members to learn their movements.

Al-Tirawi is wanted by occupation authorities due to his claimed relations to the Al-Aqsa Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, which was dissolved by Abbas.

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Shu’fat Revealed as Capital of Future Palestinian State under US Plan

The forthcoming US Middle East peace plan, known as the “Deal of the Century,” includes a transition period of four years, as the US administration believes that Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president will refuse the plan but his successor may accept it, Hebrew media reported, according to Al Ray.

The “deal” proposes the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state on 70% of occupied West Bank, with Shu’fat town, northeast of Jerusalem, as its capital.

According to details published, the plan allows Israel to annex 30% to 40% of Area C, while Palestinians will have control over about 40% of Areas A and B. This leaves the status of the remaining 30% of Area C unclear.

Under the Oslo Accords, the occupied West Bank are divided to three areas, A, B, and C. Area A constitutes 18% of the West Bank that is under Palestinian Authority control, and B area constitutes 21% of the West Bank which is under Palestinian administrative control and Israeli security control.

With Area C constituting 61% of the occupied West Bank and being under both Israeli administrative and security control, this means any Palestinian projects or measures will need Israeli approval.

During the transition period, Israel would be able to build in areas where settlements already exist, but will not be able to expand beyond its current borders. It will also ban the approval of new urban development plans for the expansion of industrial areas in the West Bank.

Palestinians will be able to declare an independent state, but with limited powers. It will be completely demilitarized, it will have no control over its aerial space or border crossings and will not be allowed to form alliances with other countries.

The plan suggests the construction of a tunnel connecting the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which will reportedly serve as a safe passage for Palestinians.

The site reported that this is a very sensitive issue which has not yet been examined by Israeli security authorities who will certainly have their reservations in ensuring that the tunnel will not be used to transfer weapons or individuals wanted for crimes against Israel

The plan demands that the Palestinian Authority will regain full control over Gaza Strip and demilitarize the factions within it.

The deal leaves 15 settlements in small, isolated enclaves of Israeli sovereignty and settlers fear that they will have to evacuate their homes, at some point.

According to the deal, Jerusalem will remain entirely under Israeli sovereignty, including the Noble Sanctuary and other holy places that will be under the joint supervision of both Israelis and Palestinians.

The deal states that everything beyond the separation fence in Jerusalem will be transferred to the Palestinians, provided they accept the plan’s full outline.

Palestinians would not be able to annex territories unilaterally, like Israel in Area C.

The program also offers $50 billion in funding for projects in territories designated for the Palestinian state.

Sources close to the White House claim that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, and the other princes of the Persian Gulf countries have promised the US administration to donate money, in an effort to prevent the Palestinians from sabotaging the plan behind the scenes.

Palestinian officials have threatened to stop security coordination if Israel applies sovereignty over all of its settlements.

01/27/20 PA Threatens to Give up Oslo Accords over US “Deal of Century”

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PA Threatens to Give up Oslo Accords over US “Deal of Century”

A high-ranking Palestinian official has threatened that the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority would withdraw from key provisions of the Oslo Accords in the case that US President Donald Trump unveils his so-called “Deal of the Century” to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat said, on Sunday, that his organization reserves the right “to withdraw from the interim agreement” if Trump announces his plan.

Erekat added that the Trump initiative will turn Israel’s “temporary occupation (of Palestinian territories) into a permanent occupation.”

The Oslo Accords — consisting of Oslo I and Oslo II accords — were signed by late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, respectively in Washington DC, in 1993, and Taba, Egypt, in 1995. The purported goal of the accords was to achieve peace based on the United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 and to realize the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

The Palestinian foreign ministry issued a statement on Sunday, saying: “The US administration will not find a single Palestinian who supports this project,” and adding that “Trump’s plan is the plot of the century to liquidate the Palestinian cause.”

According to the statement, the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riad al-Malki, said that the Palestinian leadership is discussing practical steps with Arab countries to respond to the US plan at all levels.

According to WAFA news agency, the statement followed a meeting in Ramallah with Egyptian Ambassador to Palestine, Essam El-Din Ashour, in which the two sides discussed diplomatic moves to face the US administration’s decision to release the plan.

Malki stressed the unwavering position of Palestinian leadership in its rejection of the US administration’s decisions on Jerusalem al-Quds and the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

The Palestinian minister also lauded the international consensus on rejection of the US plan.

Meanwhile, Fateh movement also expressed its concerns over the increasing likelihood that the deal will be announced without consulting Palestinian leadership.

Fateh spokesman Jamal Nazzal said, on Sunday, that the plan will fail to address Palestinian aspirations for independence and self-determination within a sovereign state of their own.

He underscored that no Palestinian representative has been part of any negotiations with the US administration, with regard to Trump’s plan, saying the Fateh movement will not support any initiative that excludes Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

“If the plan, as indicated in preliminary reports, recognizes Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel then our movement will strongly oppose it,” Nazzal highlighted.

He then criticized “the disrespectful attitude of the Trump administration” towards the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, such as the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

Nazzal also slammed the US administration’s initiatives, stating that such efforts only deepen the conflict and make it harder to resolve.

The senior Fateh official finally called on the international community, particularly the European Union, to immediately recognize the Palestinian state, with Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital, within the borders of 1967.

In a related development, the head of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, emphasized strong opposition of the movement to the US plan.

“We clearly declare our opposition to the ‘Deal of the Century,’ which is only a plot,” Ismail Haniyeh was quoted by al-Mayadeen News Network as saying.

“We firmly declare that the ‘Deal of the Century’ will not pass. The new plot aimed against Palestine is bound to fail,” and could lead the Palestinians to a “new phase in their struggle” against Israel, Haniyeh said, in a statement.

He also announced his movement’s readiness to cooperate with the Fateh and other Palestinian groups to depict a road map for defending Jerusalem al-Quds and to vociferously denounce the so-called “peace plan.” to make sure that the new colonial plot against Palestinians will never succeed.

Trump is expected to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz at the White House, on January 28, to unveil the plan.

Even though the full plan has not been released, Israeli media outlets have described it as a deal that meets nearly all of the Tel Aviv regime’s demands in exchange for the possibility of maybe, someday recognizing a Palestinian state.

“Peace has nothing to do with it,” said Haaretz journalist Amir Tibon.

According to the English-language online newspaper Times of Israel, the deal drastically undermines Palestinian hopes for restoring land seized by Israeli settlements and allows Israel to expand its territory even further.

The US plan on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has already been unanimously rejected by all Palestinian factions, PNN reports.

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Israeli Army Fires Missiles Into Southern Gaza

Israeli soldiers fired, on Sunday evening, at least two missiles into Palestinian farmlands, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medica sources said the missiles struck Palestinian farmlands near Sofa Crossing, east of Rafah, causing damage.

The Israeli army said it was retaliating to a shell that was reportedly fired from Gaza and landed in an open area in the Western Negev.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli Air Force also carried out two strikes targeting to armed Palestinian resistance posts, causing damage.

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ISRAELI COURT DECIDES TO DISPLACE FIVE PALESTINIAN FAMILIES AND GRANT THEIR HOUSES FOR SETTLERS IN JERUSALEM

Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli Magistrate’s court decided on Sunday to expel five Palestinian families from their building in Silwan in favor of a settlement association.

Wadi Hilweh Information Centre said in a statement that the court ruled to expel the Dweik family from their houses in the neighborhood of Batn El Hawa in Silwan in favor of the settlement association “Ateret Cohanim” under the pretext that the land on which the building was built was owned by Jews.

The Israeli court rejected all the Dweiak family’s appeals against all junctions made by Ateret Cohanim.

The court gave Dweik family until the beginning of August to empty the building, in which they have been living for six decades.

Mazen Dweik stated that the five-story building shelters five families, which include 25 Palestinians.

Ateret Cohanim claims that it owns the land, on which the building was built, while the Dweik family has the documents that prove that their grandfather bought the land in 1963.

The Israeli targeting of the family has started in 2008 when Israeli authorities ordered to demolish two stories of the building under the pretext that it was built without permission.

The Israeli supreme court rejected the decision of the Israeli authorities but the family was shocked by a junction from Ateret Cohanim.

The settlement association started in 2005 to issue junctions against the residents of the neighborhood, demanding that they evacuate 84 houses in favor of Israeli settlers.

The association claims that it is responsible for the properties of Jews and that over 5 dunums of the neighborhood was owned by Yemeni Jews in 1881, over 60 years before the creation of the occupation state.

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OFFICIAL STATS: ‘ISRAEL’ KILLED 2 STUDENTS, ARRESTED 161 OTHERS IN 2019

Ramallah (QNN)- The Ministry of Education revealed on Monday that the occupation state killed two Palestinian schoolchildren, arrested 161 students and 17 teachers, wounded 175 students and 120 teachers, held 101 students and 40 teachers, and hindered children from safely reaching their schools in 4576 cases for students and 859 for teachers.

The ministry stated in a report, issued to mark the International Day of Education, that the occupation state continued to commit violations against education in Palestine, especially in Jerusalem, Hebron, and Gaza.

The report added that the occupation state also demolished two schools and issued demolition notices against other schools. 49 schools were subjected to different forms of violations as well.

The total studying hours that were missed due to Israeli violations reached 3071.5. Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities have carried out a vicious campaign against the Palestinian curriculum.

The report also noted that the occupation state continues to prevent the construction of new schools, which pushed Palestinians to turn portacabins into schools in order to ensure that all Palestinian children are not denied their right to education.

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TORTURE AT ISRAEL’S DAMON CHILDREN JAIL: FURTHER WITNESSES SURFACED

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- New witnesses by Palestinian children, who were recently transferred to Damon jail before being transferred to Ofer jail last Wednesday, have surfaced.

The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners revealed in a report issued on Sunday that the conditions in Damon jail are “disastrous” and not suitable for humans, according to the prisoner Khalil Jabbarin.

Jabbarin stated that after he, and other children, were sent to the jail, the Israeli prison administration ordered them to choose representatives instead of the adult prisoners, who represent them but the children refused the Israeli order.

Jabbarin added that “the Israelis repressed all the children, who declared a state of rebellion in protest against the appalling conditions inside the jail and against separating them from their representatives”.

Four children were put in solitary confinement, including Jabbarin, who was accused of incitement against the jailers.

“A lot of the children, who were sent to Damon jail, declared an open hunger strike in protest against the horrible conditions in jail”, said Jabbarin. “Among those who went on hunger strike, Riyadh Omour, who was stripped of his clothes and was threatened to remain undressed unless he ends his hunger strike”.

The Committee stressed that the Israeli escalation against Palestinian children violates all international laws and basic human rights. It called on the international community and human rights organizations to immediately intervene to stop the Israeli assaults against children.

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Israel forces Palestinians out of their home, turns it over to Jewish settlers

An Israeli court ruled on Sunday that members of Palestinian family be forced out of their home in Silwan neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem in order to turn it over to Israeli settler group.

Wadi Al Hilweh Information Centre said the Israeli court rejected all appeals made by Dweik family, which owns the house, against a previous court ruling issued at the request of the settler group Ateret Cohanim ordering the family to leave the house.

Mazen Dweik, one of the family members, said that the house consists of five apartments in five floors where five families –37 members– currently reside, noting that his grandfather bought the land where the house is located in 1963.

Wadi Al Hilweh Information Centre said that 84 Palestinian families in Silwan have received orders to leave their homes and turn them over to the settler group over the few past years.

The families are currently battling these orders in Israeli courts.

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