Trump’s Middle East peace plan undermines Israeli-Palestinian peace process: expert

EYEAFRICA TV: Ramallah, Palestine: The Middle East peace plan put forward by U.S. President Donald Trump will undermine the commitments made by the United States and cause setbacks to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said an American expert.

Calling for a two-state solution while recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital,” Trump outlined the 80-page plan on Tuesday at the White House along with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that it proposes a “realistic” two-state solution.

However, the plan was widely seen as favoring Israel without considering the requirements of the Palestinians.

“It doesn’t seem to have any chance moving the peace process forward. In fact, in many ways, it’s a set back to the process of peace, because what it does on all the major negotiating issues that would to be discussed in the negotiations were decided unilaterally and generally in favor of Israel. The Palestinians have not been part of the process and the people who negotiated with the United States do not have an understanding of the Palestinian perspective,” said Graeme Bannerman, a scholar of the Middle East Institute, in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV).

He thought the United States, by unilaterally changing the status of Jerusalem and the borders between Israel and Palestine in the so-called new peace plan, has broken previous commitments and agreements, which will make the situation more difficult.

In addition, the U.S. attempts to replace the international two-state solution with such a “plan” will harm the peace process between Israel and Palestine.

“The problem is that it doesn’t take into consideration of the Palestinian position at all. And it’s very difficult to see how you can get back the position, because once you make concessions and put it on paper, it makes it very difficult,” said Bannerman.

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