The US administration changes its approach to the Palestinian-Israeli settlement. As reported by the newspaper «Israel a-Yom» a senior representative of the Palestinian authority during the negotiations of the President of Donald trump with Palestinian authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, us President, put forward a radically new proposal.
In accordance with this publication, the settlement will be based on the Arab peace initiative. However, it was initially proposed to begin the normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab countries, and only in the second stage to create a Palestinian state on the basis of the principle of «Two States for two peoples.»
The us administration proposes to establish a clear time frame to address all fundamental issues, especially the definition of the boundaries of a future Palestinian state, the status of Jerusalem, the Holy places and the Israeli settlements located outside major settlement enclaves.
Trump also told Abbas that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States support this proposal and are ready to begin normalizing relations with Israel prior to the signing of the Palestinian-Israeli peace Treaty. At the same time, peace between the Arab States and Israel will be signed after signing of the Palestinian-Israeli agreement.
May 24, Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that the US President intends to «strong pressure» on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas and force them to return to the negotiating table to find a compromise solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Previously published in the London Saudi newspaper «al-Hayat», citing its own sources reported that during a meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem (Bethlehem) US President Donald trump has promised that in the next few weeks or month he will deliver a new peace initiative. According to this source, trump intends to offer a package of agreements on each of the issues of the so-called «final status», which should lead to the adoption of the basic agreement on the peaceful settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
In turn, the economic adviser to PA President Muhammad Mustafa, who was present at the meeting with trump, said that Abbas insists on the right of Palestinian Arabs to work without restrictions in the so-called «area C» (the area of Judea and Samaria, controlled by the Israeli military). He also said that the PA demands that Israel respect the paragraph of the Paris agreement, under which the Palestinian side should be fully to their share of the customs duties.
In this context, the newspaper «al-Hayat» quoted the part of trump’s speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where he spoke about the desire to achieve a peace agreement between Israel and the PA and the need to make «difficult decisions.» The US President also mentioned the willingness of Abbas to «fight for peace».
Israeli media, in turn, noted that during his visit to Israel and the PA trump has not made any specific initiative for a peaceful settlement and did not mention the issue of Jewish settlements, which the Palestinian authority called «one of the main obstacles to peace». In publications of the Israeli media also quoted the words of trump, what he said in Bethlehem: «it is Impossible to fight for peace by funding terrorists.»
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