Last updated on February 3rd, 2020
Officials at the White House have claimed that the proposed Middle East peace plan will resolve the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict. When the plan was released this week earlier, political critics, Palestinian authorities, and the Democrats voiced concerns against the plan and termed it as biased and unconstitutional.
As per the claims of several critics, the plan has put Palestine in a tight spot with no possibility over change in the plan, unless there is change in leadership in both Israel and the US. The possibility of that happening is highly unlikely given that the Senate has passed the resolution to absolve President Donald Trump of impeachment. Also, the support of Trump administration to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes it his re-election highly plausible.
Claimed as the “Deal of the Century”, the peace plan is likely to worsen the Israel-Palestine conflict, as it puts the water resources, financing, Palestine’s rights to maintain autonomy in their region, future of Palestine as a state and the freedom of movement at risk. The bill has not only witnessed mass protests in retaliation but also a stern stance by the Palestinian authorities, which involves a “1000 no’s” from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Although the Trump administration has advocated the two-state plan with their impressive pro-Israel policy, there are multiple other reasons for Palestine to reject the peace plan. The key reason being the demand to establish Abu Dis as the new capital of Palestine.
With no cultural or religious importance towards Palestine and failing to align with Palestine’s sovereignty to Islam, Christianity and Judaism, it is unlikely for the Palestinian organizations, leadership or the citizens to accept the deal and end the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict. Not only the Palestinian leadership and the radical organizations have denied the calls but so did the locals and the mayor of Abu Dis.
Besides the pro-Israel stance, which according to the White House officials will resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestine; the failure of the Palestinian officials to bring up the measures in front of the international organizations and court to resolve the conflict is also responsible for the dilemma which the Palestinian officials are currently in.
Khalil Jahshan, executive director of the Arab Center – a Washington DC-based think-tank, also spoke on the Palestinian officials’ failure to bring up measures to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict. He said, “They should announce their own 20 points immediately … they should have been ready. I have been advocating that for a couple years. They should have responded to him [Trump] during the campaign, but they didn’t take him seriously.”
The lack of support from the Arabian countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Egypt raises an important question if the ongoing conflict will witness Palestine backing down after the force majeure from the US and Israel. With uncertainty surrounding the future of the conflict that is an integral step in achieving peace in the Middle East, the only certainty that can be witnessed is Palestine standing alone in the corner with no support from Arab League and the US exaggerating the impacts of its policy, which in reality will further destabilize the region and deteriorate the crippling Palestinian economy.