Saudi, UAE, Egypt, Jordan Back Trump’s Israel-Palestine Plan: Report
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Four Arab countries are backing Donald Trump’s plan for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, according to an Israeli newspaper, and are willing to sideline the PA’s President Mahmoud Abbas to see it done.
According to a report in Israel Hayom, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan told Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law and the man charged with solving the Israel-Palestine issue, and envoy Jason Greenblatt they were behind Washington’s so-called “deal of the century”.
Israel Hayom, a daily newspaper owned by billionaires Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, reported that it spoke to officials from the four Arab countries.
The officials are said to have told the paper that their countries have decided to back the US plan regardless of whether Abbas and the PA engage with it.
In the report, a “top Egyptian official” says the countries are unanimous in their position that were the US to go over Abbas’ head and attempt to implement the settlement plan, they would not be opposed to it.
Since taking the presidency, Trump has often framed himself as the man to finally negotiate an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
However, in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he has been accused by Abbas and the PA of clearly favouring the Israelis and therefore excluding the US from the role of honest dealmaker.
The Palestinians seek East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war, as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Enraged by the Trump administration’s stance, Abbas has refused to engage with the US’ attempts to implement its Israel-Palestine strategy.
Though yet to be announced, many of the details of Trump’s “deal of the century” appear to be common knowledge.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who has been at the forefront of efforts to end the Israeli occupation and set up a Palestinian state for decades, told MEE last week the “deal of the century” was no deal at all.
He said Washington was already implementing its strategy on the ground, regardless of the Palestinians and their interests.
The Americans had become “nothing else than spokespeople for the Israeli occupation”, Erekat said, adding that the US intention was to “normalise Israeli apartheid”.’