Trump's ‘worst’ deal of the century - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Trump's ‘worst’ deal of the century

The “Palestine Plan,” which U.S. President Donald Trump praised as the “deal of the century,” was expected to be announced in June. Trump had postponed the announcement of the plan due to the April 9 snap elections in Israel. The two years that Trump has been in office has been as bad for the Palestinians as it has been good for Israel. The Palestinians did not benefit in the slightest from Trump, who is described as the “most pro-Israel U.S. president of all time.” On the contrary, he even stopped the U.S. share in the U.N.’s aid to Palestinian refugees. No U.S. president in history had harmed the Palestinians to such an extent.

Trump suggested a very ambitious plan for the solution of the Israel-Palestine issue, and tasked his son-in-law and chief adviser Jared Kushner to implement this plan. The “Middle East Peace Committee” consisting entirely of Jewish and pro-Israel Americans was indicative that the plan would not lead to favorable results in terms of Palestinians. Meanwhile, neither Kushner, nor Special Representative for the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, or Trump made a move to even state whether the so-called peace plan included a “two-state” solution.

The Palestinian administration had severed ties with “Kushner and his acolytes” due to Trump’s controversial Jerusalem decision. Hence, the “Palestine Plan” is being implemented without the Palestinians. As a matter of fact, Trump and Kushner also prefer to carry on the plan with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, rather than with Palestinians. Trump believes he can convince these countries to accept the “Palestine Plan.”

The Egyptian Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi “dictatorship” is highly supported by Trump. The U.S. president praises Sisi, who came to power with a coup and is responsible for the death of thousands of civilians, as a “great man,” “amazing man.”

Egypt has been receiving $1.3 billion military aid annually from the U. S. ever since Anwar Sadat made a peace agreement with Israel in 1979. This money is also effective in the military regime continuing its presence despite the people. The Emiratis and Saudis are obliged to the U.S. as a result of their “Iran fear.” During the Trump era, Saudi Arabia and the UAE seem to have been in cahoots with Israel.

We had mentioned that Trump’s announcement of the Palestine plan was postponed to after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s establishment of the new government. The plan anticipated by all was published by pro-Netanyahu newspaper Israel Hayom. It is blatantly obvious that Netanyahu was aware of every detail of the plan. If you remember, Netanyahu had said Israel would be annexing the illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well after the April 9 elections. In the context of this plan, the West Bank seems to be exactly where Netanyahu wants it.

There is no real Palestinian state in the plan; there is an “incomplete state,” like Netanyahu identified earlier. The Palestine administration has been painted as a nondescript organization. Strangely and apparently, the plan stipulates that the Israeli Army will be defending Palestine, which is not even given the right to establish an army, against Palestine’s “foreign enemies.” As a matter of fact, Palestinians are going to pay Israel money for this. There are many more astounding articles in the plan, but forget about it.

The plan published in Israel Hayom was neither confirmed nor denied by Trump. Greenblatt made do with denying the information that territory from the Sinai Peninsula would be added to Gaza. As published in Hayom, Trump’s so-called “Palestine Plan” contains impositions that Palestinians will have to reject. There is no real deal. Trump’s so-called peace plan, which is obviously aimed at pleasing Israel, meets none of the fundamental demands of the Palestinians. The plan praised by Trump as the “deal of the century,” seems, in this state, as the “worst deal of the century.”


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