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A Palestinian-Israeli peace with no Palestinian in sight

Nour Joudah on
Palestinians watch the televised press conference of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Khan Yunis in the southern of Gaza Strip on January 28, 2020. Donald Trump announced his “ultimate deal” for Middle East peace, saying his plan would be a “realistic two-state solution” that had already been agreed to by Israel. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images

Nour Joudah writes, “the debate, the conversation, the driving force for peace and justice in Israel-Palestine cannot be about salvaging a territory of fragmented Bantustans, pieced together with a highway and tunnel.”

Jared Kushner taunts Palestinians because he wants them to reject his ‘peace plan’

James North on
Jared Kushner promoting his plan on CNN

The internet is abuzz with comment about Kushner’s interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, during which he said, “[Palestinians have] screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve had in their existence.” James North says Kushner’s nastiness toward Palestinians is no accident, but designed to goad them into rejecting his ‘peace plan.’

The ‘Deal of the Century’ is Apartheid

Sheena Anne Arackal on
Map of a future Palestinian state in the Trump administration plan.

President Trump’s plan was labeled the ‘Deal of the Century’ because it was supposed to bring peace and dignity to the people of the Middle East. Instead it does the exact opposite and resurrects apartheid, a racist political system that should have been left in the dustbins of history.

Liberal Zionists decry Trump plan as an existential threat to ‘Jewish democracy’

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Liberal and centrist American Zionists regard Trump’s plan as an existential threat to “the Jewish democracy.” These Israel supporters say the plan will move Israel toward annexing much of the West Bank, thereby ending any possibility of a two-state solution and leading to a binational state in which Palestinians will demand equal rights.

Trump unveils peace plan, promising more land and control for Israel

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Trump’s plan, according to a “conceptual map” the administration released, would see Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley, the areas around the Dead Sea that are currently in the West Bank, and the ‘E1’ area between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

This is not a peace deal: thoughts on Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Tareq Baconi on
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the White House, January 27, 2020 (Photo: Twitter/@IsraeliPM)

Tareq Baconi writes that Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ is not a peace deal, but an Israeli domestic political ploy that represents a battle within Israel’s right over how sovereignty should be asserted in the West Bank. Meanwhile, Palestinians are again witnessing nothing short of the reconfiguration of international plans to sustain their dispossession.

On ‘missed opportunities’

Haidar Eid on
Photo-op at Camp David with President Clinton, Chairman Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak, July 11, 2000. (Courtesy: William J.Clinton Presidential Library)

The myth that the Palestinians keep “missing opportunities” for peace is being revived from Jared Kushner, to Tony Blair, to Mohammed bin Salman.

The top 10 Mondoweiss stories of 2019

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Mondoweiss' Top Stories of 2019

Our top 10 stories in 2019 focused on BDS, the Democratic Party primary, Trump’s thus far secret Deal Of The Century peace plan, and the ongoing daily oppression of the Palestinian people. Hopefully 2020 will see justice for the Palestinian people. Let’s make it happen.

GOP House members say resolution affirming two-state solution contradicts administration’s peace plan

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Rep. Michael McCaul

Democrats are pushing to pass a watered-down and toothless version of a resolution supporting a negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the coming weeks, and yet Republicans say even this contradicts the Trump Administration’s peace plan. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the resolution is designed to “score points against the President” and “cut the Administration’s peace process off at the knees, ensuring that any political proposal released by the Administration already has the black mark of a rebuke by the House of Representatives.”

We endorsed Gantz to block Trump’s deal — Ayman Odeh of Joint List

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Benny Gantz is “bad,” but Netanyahu is “the worst,” says Ayman Odeh of the Palestinian Joint List in Israel. But Odeh told Time magazine that 10 Palestinian legislators endorsed Gantz because they want to stop Trump’s deal of the century and the annexation by Israel of West Bank lands.

Netanyahu will fall in September, experts predict — unless Trump releases peace plan!

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Polling suggests that Netanyahu will fall from power in Israel’s September elections His Hail Mary to stay as prime minister and avoid indictment is that the Trump administration interferes, by releasing its peace plan, thereby putting pressure on Netanyahu’s rivals to make a government with him, says Evan Gottesman of Israel Policy Forum.

The absurdity of Trump’s economic peace

Sheena Anne Arackal on
Jared Kushner speaks at the "Peace to Prosperity" workshop in Manama, Bahrain (Photo: AP)

The absurdity of the Trump economic plan is that it tries to fix the Palestinian economy while completely ignoring the primary reason the Palestinian economy is failing — the occupation.

Palestinians should take the money and run

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What if the Palestinians were to exploit the opportunity provided by Kushner’s plan to build Palestinian society as an important step on the way to developing the strength to secure political rights and freedom in one secular state? James Zogby writes. History shows that when people live in economic despair, they are less inclined to demand political rights.