Trump's Middle East plan
US President Donald Trump has now presented his long-awaited plan for Israel and the Palestinian Territories in Washington.
WASHINGTON ap / dpa | US President Donald Trump announced his announced Middle East plan in Washington on Tuesday afternoon (local time). This provides for the formation of a separate Palestinian state with the capital in East Jerusalem. The United States would "proudly" open a message there, Trump said when he presented his plan to the White House.
The Palestinian-controlled territory would more than double, Trump said. At the same time, the United States wants to recognize Israel's sovereignty over large Jewish settlement areas in the Palestinian West Bank, which the Palestinians categorically reject.
According to information from the AP news agency, both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political challenger Benny Gantz agreed to Trump's plan. The Palestinians, who were not involved in negotiations about it and accuse Trump of a unilateral Middle East policy in favor of Israel, have already rejected him.
Trump's 50-page plan includes more concessions to the Palestinians than was expected. It provides for a four-year settlement freeze. During this time, a comprehensive agreement is to be negotiated according to Trump's ideas.
Palestinian leadership boycotted cooperation
If the new Middle East plan were approved, US President Donald Trump said the Palestinians would receive massive aid and investments to reduce poverty and unemployment. The Palestinian economy could "double or triple" if the plan were adopted, Trump promised. The United States and numerous other states are ready to "help the Palestinians in many ways" if they are ready to make peace and renounce violence and terrorism.
Under the new plan, up to a million new jobs would be created for the Palestinians, Trump promised. Numerous states are ready to invest billions of dollars there, he said.
The Middle East plan was in preparation for three years. The Palestinian leadership had rejected the plan prior to its launch as a violation of UN resolutions and international law, and therefore boycotted cooperation.