- US Peace Plan is Attempt to Normalize Israeli ‘Apartheid’ in Palestine – PLO
Senior mediator and Palestinian Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat had some harsh words for the Trump administration’s long-awaited Israel-Palestine peace proposal, which is expected to be unveiled in the coming days.
According to Erekat, the much-touted “deal of the century” peace plan is not a deal at all, and was already being implemented, without regard for Palestine’s interests.
“If there’s any plan, this is being implemented on the ground: with moving the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem, withdrawing support for the two-state solution, cutting funds to the UNRWA [a UN body assisting displaced Palestinian refugees] and, eventually, trying to normalize the Israeli apartheid in Palestine,” the senior negotiator said, speaking to the Middle East Eye.
According to Erekat, US negotiators have become “nothing more than spokespeople for the Israeli occupation.”
The Trump administration is expected to reveal the details of its long-awaited plan in the coming days. Erekat confirmed that Palestinian negotiators have not yet seen any official draft of the plan. On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Trump advisors Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman to discuss the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The meeting comes following reports that Washington was trying to convince the leaders of the Gulf States to invest in economic projects in the Gaza Strip as a first step to sustained peace. A meeting between Netanyahu and King Abdullah II of Jordan last week further fueled speculation about preparations for a backroom deal.