- West Bank Could ‘Ignite’ When Trump’s ‘Deal of Century’ Published – Ex-IDF Chief
As the expected announcement of US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” approaches, media outlets have intensified publications of alleged “leaks” of the deal’s provisions. At the same time, US officials working on the accord have called for such leaks to be ignored and for people to wait for the agreement to be officially published.
The former chief of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Gadi Eisenkot, warned that the West Bank is “sensitive and volatile” and could “ignite before, during, or after” the presentation of the US “deal”. Eisenkot has called on Washington to factor in such a reaction when developing the peace plan. “From the moment this genie is let out of the bottle, it will take five years to put it back”, the ex-IDF head said.
To stabilise the “situation on the ground”, Eisenkot suggested that Washington resume its assistance to the Palestinian Authority’s security forces and assist it in its economic situation and with its infrastructure.
His words came on the same day as a report by Israeli Channel 12 that the “deal of the century”, prepared by Donald Trump’s team and aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will include a provision on recognising Tel Aviv’s authority over West Bank settlements. The deal will allegedly allow Israel to extend its civil laws to the territories, which are currently considered occupied. At the same time, Palestinian cities will remain under the control of the Palestinian Authority according to the deal, the TV channel added.