Guardian: Trump’s Palestinian Peace Plan is Cynical and Self-interested

The plan is a giant middle finger to the Palestinian people, and a way for Trump – and Netanyahu – to distract voters from domestic political problems


Donald Trump’s foreign policy is all about advancing the interests of Donald Trump, and the release of his Israeli-Palestinian “peace plan” is yet another illustration of Trump’s disregard for America’s national security when he believes doing so will benefit him personally.

At the same time that Trump’s lawyers stood on the floor of the US Senate defending the president from impeachment charges of abuse of power, and in Jerusalem, the Israeli attorney general filed an indictment for corruption against the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the two leaders stood together in the White House in an attempt to distract from their domestic problems and feed their political bases.

The plan that Trump unveiled is 181 pages long with lots of details and charts, but it does not deserve to be treated as a serious policy document. Instead, it is a giant middle finger to the Palestinian people and hurts America and the Israeli people by damaging America’s role as a supporter of peace.

The document claims to outline a vision for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but it will only create more obstacles to progress. The plan gives Israel just about everything Israeli hardliners want – security control in much of the West Bank, an undivided capital in Jerusalem and Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements.

Meanwhile, the Palestinians get nothing – but that is little surprise considering that the plan was developed without consulting them. The response of the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, summed it up: “After the nonsense, we heard today we say a thousand noes …” 

For Trump, the real purpose of this charade is advancing his personal interests

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