Trump Middle East Plan Concedes More to Palestinians Than Expected

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

NETANYAHU: ‘I’ve agreed to negotiate peace with the Palestinians on the basis of your peace plan…’

Trump Middle East Plan Concedes More to Palestinians Than Expected

Benjamin Netanyahu & Donald Trump/AP Photo

President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited Middle East plan, which was celebrated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “vision for peace” but is likely to continue to be opposed by Palestinians who say it favors Israel and falls short of their goal of creating a viable independent state.

Trump’s plan calls for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in east Jerusalem while recognizing Israeli sovereignty over major settlement blocs in the West Bank — something the Palestinians are unlikely to accept.

Trump called his plan a “win-win” for both Israel and the Palestinians, but it was created without input from Palestinian leaders and they already had rejected it before the president unveiled it at the White House with Netanyahu by his side.

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