Indonesia calls out Trump's Middle East plan

Indonesia calls out Trump's Middle East plan

Indonesia calls out Trump's Middle East plan

A "conceptual map" accompanying the plan shows a disjointed Palestinian state, with Israeli and Palestinian enclaves linked to their respective states by bridges, tunnels and roads.

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz declared Wednesday that he would bring US President Donald Trump's recently released peace plan before the Knesset plenum next week for a vote.

"Trump's words mean nothing to us".

"Not taking action is not really an option for them anymore", said Ibrahim Dalalsha, a Palestinian analyst. "It was, it is and will always be ours".

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has no intention to negotiate over the plan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who joined Trump for the announcement at the White House on Tuesday, appears to be counting on Abbas to reject it, Cook said.

The plan suggested that land swaps should give a future state of Palestine territory "reasonably comparable in size to the territory of the West Bank and Gaza pre-1967" (when Israel seized those territories and east Jerusalem in a war of annexation). "We can not and must not speak about a state [for the Palestinians], but rather autonomy only", he added, according to Channel 13. As a result, Palestinians have been quick to reject the plan, and the worldwide community seems unlikely to back it either.

In Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, protesters set tyres alight, while others hoisted banners vowing they were "united against the deal of the century", in a jibe against Trump's proposals. "The world doesn't work this way", she said, saying Palestinians need to fight back with weapons because diplomacy and negotiations do not work.

With Trump's help, Netanyahu has largely succeeded in shifting attention from his legal woes to his vaunted diplomatic skills.

What to watch: The big question beyond the details of the plan was what the Arab reaction would be.

Who was in the room: Participants included the ambassadors of Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates; Conference of Presidents CEO designate William Daroff, executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein and chairman Arthur Stark; the Orthodox Union's executive director for public policy, Nathan Diament; Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein; Jewish Federations of North America CEO Eric Fingerhut; Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Yeshiva University president Ari Berman, JINSA president and CEO Michael Makovsky; Abba Cohen, the Washington director of Agudath Israel of America; Marty Oliner, president of Religious Zionists of America; Family Research Council president Tony Perkins; KAIROS Company founder Johnnie Moore; Pastor Robert Jeffress, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed; and former Rep. Michelle Bachmann. That would leave Israel responsible for the complicated and expensive task of providing basic services to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank.

These refugees and their descendants now number around five million and are scattered across the region.

Catholic officials in the Holy Land also rejected the initiative, saying it heavily favors Israel while failing to give dignity to the Palestinians. The plan also calls for a four-year settlement freeze and the possible creation of a truncated Palestinian state, but only if a number of conditions are met. Palestinians responded to the US plan with protests in the West Bank and Gaza.

We want to hear from you. Many have rejected Trump's approach to the conflict. Failure to do so would be to miss an opportunity which may never come again.

Jerusalem would remain "the undivided" capital of Israel, Trump stressed as he unveiled the plan in the White House Tuesday, with Netanyahu standing next to him.

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