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941Steve Bell, Jan 28 2020

Palestinians Angrily Reject Trump Mideast Peace Plan
AP, Jan 28 2020

RAMALLAH — PA President Mahmoud Abbas said “a thousand no’s” to the Mideast peace plan announced Tuesday by Trump, which strongly favors Israel. The Palestinians remain committed to ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a state with its capital in east Jerusalem, Abbas said at a news conference in Ramallah. he said:

After the nonsense that we heard today we say a thousand no’s to the Deal of The Century.

The plan would create a Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank, but would allow Israel to annex its settlements in the occupied territory. The plan would allow the Palestinians to establish a capital on the outskirts of east Jerusalem but would leave most of the city under Israeli control. Abbas said:

We will not kneel and we will not surrender. We shall resist through peaceful, popular means.

Hamas rejected the “conspiracies” announced by Pindostan and Israel and said “all options are open” in responding to the plan. Hamas boxtop Khalil al-Hayya said as he participated in one of several protests that broke out across the Gaza Strip:

We are certain that our Palestinian people will not let these conspiracies pass. So, all options are open. The occupation and the Pindo administration will bear the responsibility for what they did.

Protesters burned tires and pictures of Trump and Netanyahu. Abbas held an emergency meeting with other Palestinian factions including Hamas, to discuss a unified response to the plan. Abbas had rejected the deal before it was announced saying that Pindostan was hopelessly biased toward Israel. The Palestinians cut off all contacts with the Trump administration after it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel more than two years ago and moved the embassy there. Late on Tuesday, Palestinian protesters clashed with IOF near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, on the outskirts of Ramallah. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said:

Pres Trump’s initiative provides an occasion to relaunch the urgently needed efforts towards a negotiated and viable solution to the conflict. We will study and assess the proposals put forward. We reiterate our commitment to a negotiated and viable two-state solution that takes into account the legitimate aspirations of both the Palestinians and the Israelis, respecting all relevant UNSCRs and internationally agreed parameters.

UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres said the UN supports two states living in peace and security within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 borders, according to his spox. The spox said:

The position of the UN on the two-state solution has been defined, throughout the years, by relevant UNSCRs and UNGARs by which the Secretariat is bound.

Those resolutions call all Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal and call for a solution based on borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, with agreed land swaps. The Toads said they appreciated the Trump administration’s efforts and encouraged the resumption of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians “under the auspices of Pindostan.” The kingdom’s Foreign Ministry tweeted that it hoped to see the peace process move forward in order to reach “an agreement that achieves the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.” Jordan warned against any Israeli “annexation of Palestinian lands” and reaffirmed its commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines, which would include all the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi warned of “the dangerous consequences of unilateral Israeli measures, such as annexation of Palestinian lands.” Egypt urged Israelis and Palestinians to “carefully study” the plan and said it appreciates the administration’s efforts. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that it favors a solution that restores all the “legitimate rights” of the Palestinian people through establishing an “independent and sovereign state on the OPT.” Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries to have made peace with Israel.

Trump’s “win-win” plan hands everything to Israel
Omar Karmi, Electronic Intifada, Jan 29 2020

After much anticipation and with great ceremony, on Tuesday Trump presented his plan for Middle East peace. It’s “a great plan,” Trump had already said a few days ago, though he may just have been humoring his son-in-law Jared Kushner, its chief architect. On Tuesday, he called the plan “win-win,” though to whom the second win goes is hard to say. The first is undoubtedly Israel’s, of whom the only thing that is being asked is a four-year settlement freeze while Palestinian statehood is negotiated. Outside this exhausting demand to do less, Israel gets: all (or near enough) its settlements, all of Jerusalem, control over borders, uncontested military control over the whole area of historic Palestine, some one-third of the West Bank and the removal of any possibility that Palestinians who were expelled in 1948 could ever claim a right of return or even compensation for the lands and homes and years that were stolen from them. It is little wonder that a beaming Netanyahu, who stood next to Trump as he presented the plan, looked more smug than ever. Netanyahu said in his remarks after Trump had delivered (boy, did he deliver):

For too long, the very heart of the land of Israel, where our patriarchs prayed, our prophets preached and our kings ruled has been outrageously branded as illegally occupied territory. Well, today Mr President you are puncturing this big lie!

Indeed. No-one could sum up better than Netanyahu how much is wrong with the plan. It has precisely nothing to do with the Palestinians, who have been reduced to the kind of bit players their status, in the eyes of those who came up with and support this plan, as second-class people restricts them to. Palestinians don’t go entirely empty-handed. Their overlords have granted them “statehood.” Over more than twice as much land as they currently control. That at least is the breathless reporting that infected initial reports on the plan’s announcement, though no-one stopped to ask the obvious: two times nothing is? According to the plan, the issue of territory was worked out “in the spirit of UNSCR 242.” But that would suggest some kind of adherence to 1967 boundaries. Judging by the “conceptual maps” of the plan’s appendix, it is hard to see that the 1967 boundaries were even considered. Indeed, as the plan makes clear, the priority is Israel’s security. Hence Palestinians get no control over borders in and out of the West Bank. Nor do the maps indicate in what sense Jerusalem becomes both the unified capital of Israel, while also becoming Palestine’s capital of “Al-Quds areas of East Jerusalem.”

In lieu of compensation, a “Trump Economic Plan” will benefit refugees already present and those who are absorbed into the “State of Palestine” or the “Palestine Empire” or “Greater Palestine” or whatever the Palestinians want to call it, a series of non-contiguous areas that would be connected by bridges, tunnels and roads. We get roads! This must be what Jared Kushner meant about economic advancement. The Palestinians also might look forward to a resort area on the northern Dead Sea. With details like these, it is easy to see how the Trump plan runs to 180 pages. The plan, of course, is unworkable. It is a non-starter as the Palestinians have said all along. It violates every red line the PA has stipulated, every principle the PLO signed onto in 1993 and every resolution of international law. It cements a situation in which one set of people retains control over another without being responsible for upholding their rights. No Palestinian leader could accept it. No Palestinian leader will accept it. Any Arab leader who is seen to support it will be tainted. It’s worse than a joke. It’s an insult. Mahmoud Abbas, the PA leader, called it the “slap of the century.” PA boxtops and Hamas spoxes predictably rejected the plan out of hand. Others too were scathing. B’Tselem said the plan changed nothing.

Matt Duss, foreign policy advisor to Bernie Sanders, tweeted out his word of the day: “Bantustan,” and cautioned journalists to talk to “actual Palestinians.”

Much of the presentation of the plan sounded like a threat against Palestinians. Thus, the “difficulty” in creating a contiguous Palestinian state, given the spread of settlements, was used by an admin boxtop as the reason for Palestinians to accept it.

If we don’t do this freeze now, I think that their chance to ever have a state basically goes away.

What this boxtop doesn’t seem to have stopped to consider is this: So what? So what if that chance goes away. Israel still has to live with six million Palestinians. Here is the eye-opening fact that eludes those who seem to think that power is all that matters: This is all over only when Palestinians say it is. Not a minute before.

Trump unveils farcical Mideast “peace plan” as Netanyahu is indicted
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Jan 29 2020

Trump joined with Netanyahu at the White House Tuesday to publicly unveil what he described as his “vision for peace” in the Middle East. It was a farcical proposal, endorsing all of the policies of the Israeli right while guaranteeing rejection by the Palestinian people. The timing of the release of the “vision,” which is supposedly the brainchild of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and the product of over two years of work, was patently set to meet the immediate political needs of both Trump and Netanyahu. It came as Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate continued into its second week, and only hours after Netanyahu was formally indicated on charges of fraud and bribery. The indictment came after Netanyahu dropped a futile attempt to win a vote in the Knesset granting him immunity from prosecution. Trump’s announcement clearly was aimed at boosting the badly tattered image of Netanyahu, who faces his third election contest in less than a year. During the last round of voting, Trump similarly tried to promote the Israeli PM’s chances by announcing Pindo recognition of Israel’s illegal claim to the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The Trump administration has also recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving its embassy there, and has cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians. Late last year, it announced that it no longer regarded Israeli settlements on OPT as “inconsistent with international law.”

In what amounted to self-parody, Trump proclaimed a “historic breakthrough” for the plan on the grounds that he had succeeded in winning approval from both Netanyahu and his rival in the elections set for Mar 2, Benny Gantz, a former chief of the IOF. In an attempt to offset the obvious effort to boost Netanyahu’s status as a world statesman, Gantz flew to Faschingstein on Monday and met Trump privately before flying back to Israel for the anticipated vote on Netanyahu’s bid for immunity. That this “breakthrough” included absolutely no discussion, much less agreement, with any Palestinian representative was taken as a matter of course. The POTUS allowed that the Palestinians would have four years to accommodate themselves to the Pindo-Israeli diktat, while his son-in-law threatened that this would be their “last chance” to obtain an independent Palestinian state. The audience assembled to hear the proclamation of Trump’s “vision” consisted of his own cabinet members, right-wing supporters, Israeli officials, and prominent Pindo Zionists including Sheldon Adelson, who occupied one of the prime front-row seats. They interrupted Trump’s and Netanyahu’s remarks with applause over 70 times, most of them standing ovations, including whoops of joy when the POTUS bragged of assassinating Gen Qassem Suleimani and ripping up the Iran nuclear agreement.

The plan announced by Trump essentially formalizes the “facts on the ground” established by relentless Israeli aggression and land grabs in the OPT. It provides a Pindo seal of approval for formal annexation of these territories and the consolidation of an apartheid regime. While Trump’s and Kushner’s “vision” claims to grant Palestinians a “realistic two-state solution, offering a viable path to Palestinian statehood” at some point in the future, its rewards to Israel are immediate. Trump said in his White House remarks that Faschingstein would recognize Israeli sovereignty over any land that “my vision provides to be part of the State of Israel.” Taking him at his word, Netanyahu announced that he would organize a vote of his cabinet on Sunday to immediately impose Israeli sovereignty over the vast areas of the occupied West Bank granted to Israel under the Trump plan, including the entire Jordan valley. Netanyahu’s move followed a demand for such a vote by his defense minister, Naftali Bennett, of the right-wing religious Yamina party, who insisted that Israel would never accept a Palestinian state nor “give one centimeter of ground to the Arabs.”

The Trump plan was issued in the form of a 181-page document, replete with maps drawing the “conceptual” borders of an expanded Israel and a supposed Palestinian mini-state. The maps make clear the travesty of the supposed Palestinian entity to be carved out of the OPT, while masking the full extent of the absurdity of the proposal. They show a patchwork of Palestinian cantons surrounded by Israeli territory, linked one to another by a series of Israeli-controlled bridges, tunnels and roads. The cantons themselves are peppered with what the plan describes as “Israeli enclave communities,” ie Zionist settlements that will be walled off, linked by apartheid-style Israeli-only security roads, and protected by IOF. On the map are five areas inside the supposed Palestinian territory that are marked as “strategic sites,” ie IOF bases. The statement moreover makes clear that the 15 “enclaves” listed cannot be interpreted as “all-inclusive.” Meanwhile every border, the airspace and access to the sea will be controlled by Israel. The proposal makes the infamous bantustans created by apartheid South Africa seem like a model of national self-determination by copntrast. What is being proposed for the West Bank and Gaza is a giant open-air prison. In return for this “gift,” the Palestinians are ordered to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” relegating Israeli Palestinians to a permanently oppressed status. They must disarm the Gaza Strip, renounce “terrorism,” along with support for the victims of IOF violence, and accept what amounts to the imposition of a Pindo-organized colonial administration.

Demonstrations erupted in both the West Bank and Gaza as details of the proposal became known, even before Trump and Netanyahu spoke at the White House. The IOF sent reinforcements into the OPT in anticipation of far wider protests on Wednesday. The PLO and Hamas held a rare joint emergency meeting Tuesday night to discuss the Trump plan. PA Pres Mahmoud Abbas stated that the proposal would never be accepted, and that discussions were underway on “changing the role of the PA in accordance with resolutions taken by the PLO.” While he did not spell out these changes, the PA has previously threatened to end its policing of the Palestinian population in cooperation with the IDF. In Pindostan, the Demagog Party has attempted to prove its own unconditional support for Israel. They fear that the Trump plan exposes the bankruptcy of the entire so-called “peace process” and “two-state solution” too openly. Pelosi led a congressional delegation to Israel to reassure it that proposed legislation placing conditions on Pindo military aid should not be seen as a threat to Israeli interests. Trump announced on Tuesday that present in the audience were the ambassadors of the Gulf sheikdoms of Bahrain, the UAE and Oman. One purpose of the farce of the Trump plan is to solidify an alliance between the Israeli state and the reactionary Gulf monarchies in preparation for all-out war against Iran. Not present were Jordan, the Toads or Egypt, which would play the central roles in pressuring the PA and Hamas to capitulate.

The shameless performance organized by Trump and Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday represented only one more nail in the coffin of the “two-state solution.” For millions of Palestinian workers and youth, the bankruptcy of this tactic has been made abundantly clear, not only by the crimes of Faschingstein and Tel Aviv, but also by the perfidious role played by the Palestinian bourgeoisie. Neither the PA of Abbas, which has functioned as an outright stooge and policeman for the IOF, nor Hamas has provided any way forward in the struggle against the conditions of oppression, displacement, poverty and violence that have been inflicted upon the Palestinian people. Putting an end to these conditions can be realized only through the unification of Israeli and Palestinian workers with the working class through the Middle East and internationally in the fight for a Socialist Federation of the Middle East, as part of the struggle to put an end to capitalism on a world scale.

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