On January 28th the White House unveiled their long-awaited middle east peace plan in an attempt to settle the tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian people. The peace plan, among other things, offers approximately 50 billion dollars in economic incentive to the Palestinians if they are willing to adhere to the terms of the plan.
“Instead of coming up with a plan that would see [the settlers in the West Bank] relocated or finding some other solution, Kushner’s plan just takes the huge chunk of land where most of the settlements are located and gives it to Israel. In return, Palestinians get some pockets of land far away in the desert on the border with Egypt and not much else… the proposal reveals the fundamental problem at the heart of the plan itself: the administration’s tacit endorsement of Israel’s continued illegal settlements in Palestinian territory.”
“I’m quite sure the White House knew that this plan would be immediately dismissed by the Palestinians. So why bother? There are a couple of reasons. First, Trump said he was going to come up with a peace plan and gave the task to his son-in-law; if nothing else, he can say that he followed through. Second, by coming up with something so incredibly skewed toward the interests of Israel, he can demonstrate to domestic constituencies — particularly evangelical Christians, many of whom are devoted to a right-wing vision of Israel’s future in which Palestinian rights are ignored — that he continues to be on their side…Quote 1 Alex Ward, for Vox; Quote 2 Paul Waldman, Washington Post
The right is pleased with the plan from the White House as offering a plan that does include Israeli compromise, an actual Palestinian state, cash for Palestine, and a plan that is based in the current geopolitical realities of Israel’s statehood. Most poignantly, the Right believes the plan is appropriate in responding to past concessions and the historical response by Palestine’s Hamas.
“No major Israeli party on either the right or the left is going to agree to a right of return, a return to pre-1967 lines, or a surrender of Jerusalem. In the past, Palestinian negotiators, who have never once crafted a peace plan of their own — or any deal that wasn’t contingent on the complete capitulation of Israel — sat back and rejected one concession after the next. They offered ever-growing lists of grievances while American leaders tried to pacify them. It’s about time someone injected a dose of this reality into this situation. Trump’s plan allows Palestinians to have a state in the world that exists. Or not.”David Harsanyi, National Review
“Critics are already indicting the Trump plan for not meeting all Palestinians demands. That is certainly true, but the plan also does not meet all Israeli demands. It is a compromise, requiring concessions from both sides… Hundreds of groups seek statehood, and some – like the Kurds – seem to deserve it. But almost none get it… The Palestinians are perhaps the only national independence movement in the modern era that has ever rejected a genuine offer of internationally recognized statehood, even if it falls short of all the territory they had sought.”Eugene Kontorovich, Fox News