‘Scariest part’ of Trump’s draft peace plan promises he will be ‘personally involved’

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Donald Trump’s draft of a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians sets the peace process back 20 years by talking about a “provisional entity,” not a Palestinian state. It also assures the parties that Trump will be “personally involved in the process,” and that’s the “scariest part of the plan,” an Arab leader reports.

Khalil Jahshan, executive director of the Arab Center in Washington, reported on what he described as rumors of a “draft paper” for a peace plan, circulating in Washington, during remarks at the Israel lobby conference at the National Press Club last Friday. He said the paper repeats U.S. mistakes of the past by making the U.S. Israel’s lawyer in the peace process; and a provision to allow settlement building in Jerusalem shows “who wags whom.”

Here is some of Jahshan’s report:

It looks like this administration is about to repeat the same mistakes but maybe in a more intensive way than what we have done over the past 58 years.

1, Trump basically in his paper tells his counterparts in the Arab world and Palestine and Israel, he wants to assure them that he is seriously committed to Arab Israeli peace and will personally– personally– get involved in the process. If that doesn’t convince you to stay home, I don’t know what will. That’s the scariest part of the plan.

2. The paper talks about pursuing sustained security for Israel and a provisional entity. There we are, after all these processes, we’re back talking, like 15, 20 years ago, about a provisional entity for Palestinians without even a definite article. Not a two state solution… Hence only, in the paper “working within that framework.” I mean even Oslo did not get that low in double speak.

3, The Palestinians would be promised continued financial and technical support in return for full cooperation with Israel if they end incitement and resume their counterterrorism cooperation… Palestinians are being asked in the paper to cease all, this comes in pressure from Congress actually, cease all legal campaigns against Israel in international courts and fora. No complaining bout Israeli occupation anymore.

4, The plan seeks a phased and transitional approach. Not an end of conflict arrangement. Another major retreat from previous processes that failed.

5, The plan expresses general concern about continued Israeli settlements, but falls short of calling for a freeze. Indeed the Israel delegation negotiating here in town… with the Trump administration, talked about quote “a construction slowdown” but insisted without distinguishing inside the settlements or outside the settlements…. Just a construction slowdown, but insisted that settlement freeze particularly in Jerusalem, I’m quoting Mr. Netanyahu and his team here, is off the table. Ok, So tell me who wags whom?

6. The Arab Peace Initiative… that came a few years back from Arab sources… will be given this time a central prominence in this plan in order not again, to balance things, but in order to refocus the process away from being focused solely on Palestine. Which is the problem at stake! I mean we’re not going to have a peace process about Palestine and discuss Puerto Rico. It’s not relevant….

Ladies and gentlemen, lots of mistakes been made, the reasons are very cleal to any objective student of the Middle East. Lessons have not been learned. So don’t blame me for not being optimistic about this next plan over the next few weeks.

Asked why the U.S. was the leader of the peace process and not Europe, Jahshan answered: “Arrogance… Basically the US in order to assert itself as the protector of Israel has declared itself many years ago when these peace processes, peace plan after peace plan was emerging, and as Israel kept turning down these offers, the U.S. decided to arrogate to itself the role of the sole legitimate peacemaker in the Middle East and has refused to even allow our closest ally, Europe–  whenever the French pop their head up, ‘Shut up and carry the dustpan and the broom and clean up after us.'”

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  1. just
    March 27, 2017, 2:06 pm

    Bravo for speaking the TRUTH, Khalil Jahshan and for reporting it, Phil Weiss!

    It’s been the truth for all of my life. Israel never, ever was earnestly (or otherwise) seeking peace. Never. It was and is a charade~ a dark, lucrative, cruel and filthy danse macabre for The Palestian People only supported entirely by every US administration and Congress. It’s never been a democracy, and promises to never be one with every single Palestinian home that they bulldoze, with every inch of land that they steal, with every resource that they’ve taken, with every Palestinian life that they extinguish by bullets, bombs, prison, assassinations, and kidnapping. If anyone wants to speak whataboutery about Syria et al, I will. Israel and the US need to stfu and stay out, since they’ve instigated it and have supported the worst of the worst in this horrendous war. Anyone want to talk about Yemen? Of course not, because KSA is quickly becoming BFF with Israel (it was covert before) and has been BFF with the US forever.

    Trump’s myriad bankruptcies will pale in comparison with this moral bankruptcy that he will “be personally involved” in with this squalid and unfaithful ‘process’ with Ivanka, Jared Kushner and his birth family, Friedman and his son and family, Dermer, Greenblatt, AIPAC, Congress, JDL, ZOA, ADL, and on and on and on……

    If there’s money to be made, they will be at the table. If there’s Palestinian blood that’s shed, they’ll shrug basking in their “security”.

    “Provisional entity” is a disgusting and further denigration of the PALESTINIAN PEOPLE OF PALESTINE. They are a people with their own culture and history and they deserve abject apologies, and much more, from everyone on this planet.

    Everybody.

    • just
      March 27, 2017, 3:13 pm

      Not off topic from my post: Anyone else see this?

      “Israeli Air Force Holds Joint Exercise With United Arab Emirates, U.S. and Italy

      Photos from Iniohos 2017 training from past days show F-16 aircraft from UAE alongside an American Air Force transport plane at the Greek air force base.

      The Israel Air Force began a joint exercise on Monday in Greece that included dozens of aircraft from foreign armies. Dubbed Iniohos 2017, an official report for the Greek air force noted that the air forces of Israel, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Italy participated in the exercise. The training patch for the exercise includes the flags of the countries along with the slogan “Act with Awareness.” …

      … This is not the first time that the Israel Air Force has cooperated with its UAE counterpart. Last year, Israeli pilots participated in the Red Flag training exercise in the United States in which pilots from Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Spain also participated.
      Israel and the UAE do not have official diplomatic relations although there are reports in foreign media from time to time of unofficial contacts or of contacts that remain secret. In addition, the Israel Defense Forces is expanding its joint training with other foreign armies. Last week, F-16s participated in joint training in Cyprus and were seen in the skies over Paphos.

      Next November, a wide-scale exercise will take place in Israel with the participation of representatives of foreign countries including India, the United States, Poland and Italy. As reported in Haaretz, the air force is outsourcing management of this international flagship exercise and is therefore seeking to hire the services of a civilian company. …”

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.779823

      ho-hum. btw, UAE is the entry point to MENA for important ‘business’ critters from all over the globe. Handy, eh?

    • bintbiba
      March 27, 2017, 3:23 pm

      Just majestic, dear just , simply majestic !
      Thank you ,

      and have you heard the speech Tom Hayes gave at the same conference?

      The Israel Lobby and American Policy
      Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

      Tom Hayes came on at 5 hours 5mins. during the second part of the proceedings ! Just after Dr Hanan Ashrawi ‘s speech !

    • Maghlawatan
      March 27, 2017, 4:04 pm

      Israel basically destroyed its society to reach the Shangri la of total control. It is prolly warned about in a few of the books of the Torah. The prophets were sharp and understood group dynamics. The mitzvot are supposed to guide people to behave well but all the shared knowledge of the Jewish people was thrown overboard by the Zionists who were too smart for all of that European stuff.

      • Elizabeth Block
        March 28, 2017, 12:19 pm

        Yes, and there were a number of 20th century prophets who issued that warning, including Hannah Arendt and Albert Einstein.

    • lonely rico
      March 27, 2017, 5:42 pm

      “Provisional entity” should be used to describe the Zionist state.
      An ugly racist state which can’t end soon enough.
      You’re right just. We (all) owe the Palestinians big time for allowing this disease to destroy their society & lives.

  2. Maghlawatan
    March 27, 2017, 3:35 pm

    If it is as successful as Trumpcare it will be roaring success. Trump is #hopeless. He doesn’t have the attention span to qualify as malevolent.

  3. Maghlawatan
    March 27, 2017, 3:38 pm

    Anshel Pfeffer is a Ha’aretz journo . He thinks BDS is a joke but is v worried about Israel’s future.

    [email protected] 26 mar

    More details on how the phantom threat of BDS is kept alive by @giladerdan1 wasting millions on Facebook warriors.”

    Trump is a fraud. He can’t fix Israel. I wouldn’t be so smug about BDS either. Goys are sick of Zionism.

  4. Citizen
    March 27, 2017, 5:40 pm

    Deeply disgusting, frustrating, a dirty real estate deal in the heart of NYC. Trump would call it “the real world.”

  5. JLewisDickerson
    March 27, 2017, 7:35 pm

    RE: “3, The Palestinians would be promised continued financial and technical support in return for full cooperation with Israel if they end incitement and resume their counterterrorism cooperation…”

    MY COMMENT: Of course, “incitement” (in the sense Israeli officials use the word dozens of times every day in regards to the Palestinians) can be just about anything – from sneezing/coughing to logging on to the internet. Much of what Israeli officials consider to be Palestinian incitement would be the Palestinians’ constitutionally protected “free speech” here in the U.S.

    ■ Definition of incite
    incited; inciting
    transitive verb
    : to move to action : stir up : spur on : urge on
    SOURCE – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incitement

    Consequently, requiring that the Palestinians “end incitement” as part of Trump’s “peace plan” is in the nature of a Pandora’s Box, Trojan Horse or petard/bomb [for the Palestinians to be ‘lifted up on’ (i.e., blown up into the air by)]. It insures that not only will the “peace plan” fail, but that (perhaps even more importantly) the Palestinians will be blamed for the failure. Palestinian blame for the failure of the “peace plan” will ultimately be used by Israel and the U.S. to justify Israel’s unilateral imposition of its plan for resolving the “dispute” — namely, the annexation of most of “Judea and Samaria”.

  6. xanadou
    March 27, 2017, 9:16 pm

    “Asked why the U.S. was the leader of the peace process and not Europe, Jahshan answered: “Arrogance… ”

    The same arrogance that has wasted and continues to waste so many lives in all the LOST warring adventures that the US has engaged in during the post WW2 era, and into the present. It’s record as international negotiator is nothing to brag about either: from the inability to effectively put an end to the Korean war, the Cuba debacle, to the recently (thankfully) failed TPP talks.

    And trumptydumpty as the “personally involved”… what exactly? Twitter-in-chief? Bankruptcy Advisor to the First Yahoo?

    If israel, despite its contempt for the US:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svXL-9Sm1eE
    – does need the US to help carry it thru israel’s next stalling exercise, perhaps Palestine, rather than go it alone, should consider whom it would like to see involved as US’s counterpart?

  7. Kay24
    March 28, 2017, 5:07 am

    Something to make you want to throw up – Nikki Hayley laid down on the floor and showed the zionists she is willing to say “how high” too. She just made them look the victims in this conflict and vowed to protect them:

    “The Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year’s United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel for its settlements, the ambassador to the body, Nikki Haley, told AIPAC.
    “Never again do what we saw with resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support” for Israel, Haley said Monday at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, where she earned the warmest reception of all of this year’s speakers, with an extended standing ovation.
    And
    “”The days of Israel bashing are over,” Haley said. 
    Haley was one of a number of speakers at AIPAC who drew a sharp contrast at the conference between President Donald Trump’s administration and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.779876

    Yep, this from the “honest broker” who wants to make peace.

    • Kay24
      March 28, 2017, 9:04 am

      “The days of bashing Israel is over”

      But Israel will continue to bash the Palestinians. In fact Nikki and Trumpy will make sure they keep getting the weapons to do it.

    • eljay
      March 28, 2017, 10:23 am

      … “”The days of Israel bashing are over,” Haley said. …

      Yup, it’s nothing but smooth sailing for the “Jewish State” for the next ~930 years.

    • Keith
      March 28, 2017, 11:08 am

      KAY24- “Something to make you want to throw up – Nikki Hayley….”

      Nikki Haley has greatly exceeded my worst expectations. After Samantha Power, I thought that things could only improve. Wrong! Just when you think that things couldn’t get worse they do. Is there no bottom to this barrel?

      • Kay24
        March 28, 2017, 9:06 pm

        I am afraid the answer is highly unlikely. Every administration, from both parties, will always try to outdo each other when it comes to showing unwavering support for an occupier and land grabber, that is otherwise condemned by the rest of the world. This is the world’s greatest democracy, and seems they are selective where democracy must be. Certainly not for the Palestinians in our lifetime.

      • just
        March 29, 2017, 5:19 pm

        Yep. She is and her utterances are vomitrocious indeed. Now, Israel resorts to bullying and bribery:

        “Israel to cut $2 million from UN funding due to ‘obsessive bias against Israel

        Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday to cut $2 million from the funds Israel transfers to United Nations’ institutions, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emanuel Nahshon said.

        The cut, Nahshon said, is in response to the “hostile proposals concerning Israel adopted by the UN Human Rights Council.” The funds, the spokesman said, would be used instead to expand international assistance projects in countries that vote for Israel in international forums. 

        Nahshon explained that the decision was a part of a campaign being waged by Israel and its friends, with the United States foremost, to correct the “obsessive bias against Israel in the UN and its agencies.”

        On Friday, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted four resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including a motion condemning settlement construction in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The motion calls on states and firms to avoid both direct and indirect ties with the settlements.

        The four resolutions were only declarative in nature.

        In 2016, Israel gave the UN $11.7 million in membership fees, determined by the international organization according to the relative size of each state. Following the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which severely criticized Israel over the settlements, Israel cut $6 million from its UN funding. After this new cut, Israel will only give $3.7 million to the UN. 

        On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told AIPAC that the Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year’s United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel for its settlements. …”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.780331

        No surprise.

        More wah- wah- wah, victimhood, petulance, tantrums, shunning of international laws and opinion. Just remember that it’s your tax dollars at ‘work’. Please remember that the obnoxious Haley is this creature:

        “From pioneering anti-BDS legislation to skewering Obama’s Iran deal, Nikki Haley, the South Carolina governor said to have accepted Donald Trump’s nomination for United Nations ambassador, seems to have a lot in common politically with Israel’s right-wing leaders.
        Under her leadership, South Carolina became one of the first two states to enact legislation outlawing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel (the other was Illinois).

        The South Carolina measure which Haley signed into law last year doesn’t specify Israel by name but more generally prevents public entities from contracting with businesses engaging in the “boycott of a person or an entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with whom South Carolina can enjoy open trade.”

        Law Number H3583 further bars “the state or a political subdivision of the state from accepting a proposal from or procuring goods or services from a business which engages in a boycott of a person or an entity based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin.”
        In January, Haley championed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s objections to the 2014 Iran deal in the Republican Party’s official response to President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union.

        While not mentioning Israel by name, Haley said that were the GOP to control the White House, “we would make international agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around.” …”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/1.754913

      • talknic
        March 29, 2017, 6:47 pm

        @ “… obsessive bias against Israel”

        Israel fails to adhere to the law

        UN Issues hundreds of reminders to Israel of its obligation to adhere to the law all of which Israel ignores

        Israel claims bias

        Netanyahu and his cronies are quite insane

    • YoniFalic
      March 28, 2017, 8:21 pm

      The Streicher precedent of the Nuremberg IMT should certainly apply to Nikki Haley.

      • Citizen
        March 29, 2017, 7:07 am

        Yes, Streicher was hanged for doing nothing but engaging in inflammatory propaganda against the Jewish people.

  8. Boomer
    March 28, 2017, 7:42 am

    Re: “Asked why the U.S. was the leader of the peace process and not Europe, Jahshan answered: “Arrogance… ”

    There is plenty of arrogance among the neocons and others who make a living in the think tanks, lobby firms and media outlets of the establishment, but when it comes to U.S. policy regarding Palestine, it’s all about the arrogance and power of the Israeli lobby, not the U.S. more generally. The Israel-firsters don’t want the EU to play a major role because they find it easier to control the U.S., without having to worry about the EU as well. The EU is hardly anti-Israel or pro-Palestinian, especially these days, but the discourse and politics regarding Palestine are not quite so one-sided as in the U.S.

    • Citizen
      March 29, 2017, 7:08 am

      Why do you think that is? Is the EU press a tad more objective? If not, what?

  9. Ossinev
    March 28, 2017, 9:58 am

    As ever IMO the Elephant in the Room in all of this is Abbas and all of his PA cronies. It could be argued that they went along along with the 2 state Oslo charade initially through a mixture of hope with a heavy dash of naivete ( although there is also the argument that they have always gone along with it out of ego and a base instinct to maintain their lavish life style). But it would truly beggar belief if they were to be in any way complicit in this “Provisional Entity”farce. After all those promises and all of the concessions and all of the supposed “victories” in terms of UN recognition to then to be seen to be negotiating about a long term re-contracting of Oslo would surely be the end of the PA charade.

    So in many ways the ludicrous “Provisional Entity” proposal will perversely one hopes have a silver lining = bringing the One State “Entity” closer to Reality.

    • Boomer
      March 28, 2017, 2:28 pm

      re Ossinev “It could be argued that they went along along with the 2 state Oslo charade initially through a mixture of hope with a heavy dash of naivete . . .”

      Perhaps also worthy of note: a lack of superior alternatives

      • Citizen
        March 29, 2017, 7:10 am

        Yes, a rapee is not a rapier.

  10. Elizabeth Block
    March 28, 2017, 12:22 pm

    Download the UN report on Israel as an apartheid state. It’s been taken off the UN website, but it’s easily available elsewhere.

    As for going back 20 years in the “peace process” [if I never hear “peace” and “process” again in the same phrase, it will be too soon], we’d have to go back before Oslo to have it do any good.

    • Mooser
      March 28, 2017, 3:03 pm

      ‘Peace process hot, peace process cold,
      Peace process in the pot, twenty years old
      Some like it fast, some like it Oslo.
      Some like it in the pot, twenty years old.’

  11. James Canning
    March 28, 2017, 1:44 pm

    I think it is fair to say the US has foolishly tried to obstruct European efforts to resolve the Israel/Palestine problem.

    • Boomer
      March 28, 2017, 2:34 pm

      re Canning: “the US has foolishly tried to obstruct European efforts”

      US policy had been dictated by AIPAC et al. and by craven politicians seeking their respective objectives, not foolishness. Our leaders have acted with malice aforethought, i.e.,

      “A predetermination to commit an act without legal justification or excuse.”

      http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Malice+aforethought

      • MHughes976
        March 28, 2017, 3:26 pm

        Not sure that Euro or U.K. efforts ever amounted to more than gestures plus a bit of conscience money.

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