Trump’s Proposed Middle East Plan Might Bring About More Tension

(White House)

Emilyanne Richart, Reporter

The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been going on for quite a while, but don’t worry, Donald Trump’s got it covered with what experts deem a faulty Middle East Plan. The plan was revealed on January 28th, and is the latest effort to bring peace between Palestine and Israel, who’s conflict, which mostly regards territory, dates back to the nineteenth century.

Trump vowed at the start of his presidency that he would negotiate a “bigger and better deal” to bring forth peace than anyone could imagine, yet that promise seems to remain unfulfilled. The plan, which took three years to construct, completely disregards decades of American and International policy. Differing from previous plans, it abandoned the idea of modest adjustments to Israeli borders, which was drawn in 1967 and was supported until now, and dismissed the goal of granting the Palestinians a wholly autonomous state, which was a goal for many years.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says that “to build a just and lasting peace, the unresolved final status issues must be decided through direct negotiations between both parties,” yet the peace plan “departs from these internationally agreed parameters.”

Although Borrell spoke out with his opinions on the matter, The European Union is still studying the plan, with the issue of the borders of a Palestinian state still in dispute.

Even though Trump claimed that the plan was a “win-win for both sides” at a White House ceremony, it was embraced by Israel, yet immediately rejected by the Palestinians, where President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority called the plan a “conspiracy deal”, and that “We say a thousand times over: no, no, no.”

As if Palestine’s refusal isn’t enough, the Arab League also completely rejected the plan, with the pan-Arab bloc saying that it “does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people.”

Trump’s plans opts for a so-called “realistic, two state solution.” Yet the plan is far from realistic, catering to Israeli’s major demands and not providing a fair middle-ground. Former President, Jimmy Carter, says that “if implemented, the plan will doom the only viable solution to this long-running conflict, the two-state solution.”

Even though the plan is unrealistic, it doesn’t differ greatly from previous plan’s successes, seeing that multiple attempts for peace have been made throughout the years, yet none have brought forth the end of the conflict, the last being Barack Obama’s plan.

Trump’s plan strives for peace, yet it fails at the basics. A peace plan is supposed to be a compromise, one that both sides have to loose some and give some. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed the importance of how “a negotiated two-state solution, acceptable to both sides, can lead to a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

In theory, it’s great to give Israeli their major demands, for history shows that they have suffered a greater amount than the Palestinians, yet its not a viable compromise, nor is it the one he promised will truly help relieve the conflict. The European Union’s members have various degrees of sympathy towards Palestine and Israeli, which causes the EU to tread lightly on such matters.

Qatar, a country located in western Asia’s, stance is along the same lines, saying that although the plan welcomes efforts for “longstanding and just peace”, Palestinian’s agreement is necessary. World Leaders ‘s reactions overall though, are split, with Turkey and Iran strongly against it, saying the plan is “doomed to fail”, whereas Russia is still unsure.

Former President Carter criticized the new US plan, claiming that it will “undercut prospects for a just peace between Israel and Palestinians.” The former Commander-in-Chief, being 95 years old,  knows a thing or two about bringing peace, being that he was the one who brought peace between Israel and Egypt though the 1978 Camp David Accords. The Accords “established a framework for a historic peace treaty concluded between Israel and Egypt in March 1979,” (Office of the Historian).

In a statement, Carter asked UN member states “to adhere to UN Security Council resolutions and to reject any unilateral Israeli implementation of the proposal by grabbing more Palestinian land.” Carter’s office also said in a statement that the proposal “violates international law regarding self-determination, the acquisition of land by force and annexation of occupied territories and also denies Palestinians equal rights. Experts are in agreement, claiming that the plan is “unlikely ever to become the basis for a peace agreement.”

According to the Council of Foreign Relation’s Global Conflict Tracker, “The United States has an interest in protecting the security of its long-term ally Israel and achieving a lasting deal between Israel and the Palestinian territories, which would improve regional security.”

Even if Trump’s proposed peace plan fails, The United States needs to continue its process in the seemingly endless fight for peace between the Israelites and the Palestinians. Although the United States’s military might may be likened to that of the Empire from Star Wars, we must strive to be a new hope.