Recently, the US revealed its Middle East peace plan, intended to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Little did the White House officials know, that the plan they had been working on for the past three years would be criticized by Palestine and remain unaccepted by the leaders of the Arab World.
Spearheaded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, the Middle East peace plan is an 80-page document released by the White House in the last of January. The plan called for the creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in parts of East Jerusalem, ending the speculations that the Trump Administration was preparing to depart from a “two state” resolution.
Recently, the US’ hopes that the plan would get the support of the Palestinians and other parties were shattered as the Arab League rejected the plan with comments that it failed to meet “the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people”. Hours after the plan’s release, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Trump’s plan “will not pass”. During the Cairo meeting, Abbas stated that the country was cutting all ties with Israel and the US, including security cooperation.
Today, getting support from the Palestinians appears to be a remote prospect for the government. Many have described Trump Administration’s Middle East peace plan as “dead on arrival” and asked for American officials to forfeit its role of being an honest broker in the region. Arab leaders have clearly announced their intentions of “not to… cooperate with the US administration to implement this plan”.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seen as having good relations with Trump, seemed contended with the new plan. Netanyahu, accompanied by Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, also met the president to separately hear the details of the Middle East peace plan.
Despite the many efforts, the government’s bold step, to spread its dominance throughout the Middle East, attempting to solve the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict, appears to have failed again. Starting from the internal rejection, the plan has been highly criticized by the world countries.
On Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei predicted that Trump’s Middle East peace plan would fail within Trump’s lifetime. He claimed that the plan would be resisted by armed Palestinian groups. The statements came a week after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the plan following its unveiling at the White House.
Iran’s criticism of the Middle East peace plan clearly denotes its will to defy the US, considering the history of the long feud it shares with the country. Against the president’s revolutionary approach to the peace process, the critics have called the plan a reproach towards the past failed efforts.