Even before the Middle East peace plan was revealed, Palestinian protests began to take shape and political experts started criticizing various aspects of the “deal of the century”. With speculations that the Trump administration will once again prioritize its relations with Israel over resolving the conflict proving to be true after the plan was released, the protests soon turned intense.
Following the release of the peace plan, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the plan, said, “After the nonsense that we heard today we say a thousand no’s to the Deal of The Century. We will not kneel and we will not surrender. I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass.”
Showing anger against the Middle East peace deal, the Palestinian protestors burnt the photos of President Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu. Apart from President Abbas, radical Palestinian organizations, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, and Democratic lawmakers also condemned the peace plan.
Jared Kushner, who supervised the drafting of the peace plan, said, “It’s a big opportunity for the Palestinians. And they have a perfect track record of blowing every opportunity they’ve had in their past. If they don’t, they’re going to screw up another opportunity, like they’ve screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve ever had in their existence.”
According to some of the political experts, the Middle East peace plan that sparked intense Palestinian protests, comprises of policies that will reduce Palestine’s political hold in the region. It will also subject Israel with more authority in the West Bank territory and subtly make the Israeli settlements permanent.
Some of the proposals in the peace plan that point in this direction are:
- The calls of demilitarized Palestinian state living peacefully alongside Israel, with Israel retaining security responsibility west of the Jordan River.
- Palestinians will work with the United States and Israel to assume more security responsibility as Israel reduces its security footprint.
- Israel has agreed to a four-year land freeze to secure the possibility of a two-state solution.
- Jerusalem will stay united and remain the capital of Israel, while the capital of the State of Palestine will be Al-Quds and include areas of East Jerusalem.
There is no doubt that the Palestinian protests will further affect Palestine’s economy. Such proposals would only leave Palestine at the hands of the future Israeli or American policies with no control over the settlements, keeping the Israeli-Palestinian conflict intact. The pro-Israel proposal appears to be a mockery in the name of the Middle East peace plan.