US-Middle East Peace Plan: A Failure in the Eyes of European Leaders

Middle East Peace Plan

An approach towards the Middle East peace plan by the US President Donald Trump’s administration was widely criticized by European leaders. In a letter to Europe, the leaders asked to reject every US-Middle East peace plan unless it is fair to Palestinians.

Various high-ranking former European leaders on Sunday, asserted that under any circumstances Europe must find a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. They condemned the US government for abandoning the international norms.

Jared Kushner, son-in-law and advisor of President Trump, has been handling the Middle East peace plan. He has been discussing his proposal with the Arab leaders. Though there hasn’t been any official announcement about the proposal yet, reports suggest that Kushner’s peace plan did not visualize a separate state for Palestinians.

Palestinians having existed on the borders since the third Arab-Israeli war fought in 1967, have refused to involve themselves in the plan. They rejected Washington as a mediator because of Trump’s close alliance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government as the former also recognized Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights. (INTERLINK 2)

Realizing Trump administration’s strong support to the Israeli government, the Palestinian officials claimed that they might get only the provisional borders over fragments of land or just 11 percent of what has been recognized as Palestine under the British mandate. They believed that the Palestinian areas would be demilitarized, and Israel would have control over the borders and airspace.

Moreover, Netanyahu’s comments about annexing parts of the West Bank, once he starts his new term as the prime minister, raised more concerns amongst the Palestinians. The annexation would lead to a clear violation of Oslo-2 agreement that aimed at promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

While referring to the violation of the Oslo-2 agreement, Jerome Segal, head of the organization of the Jewish Peace Lobby, said “The era of peace negotiations will come to an end, there will be renewed violence, and a major Israeli military deployment in the West Bank will follow as settlements become a target.”

The unreleased Middle East peace plan has drawn far more criticism than expected. The European leaders, who have criticized the plan put forward by the Trump administration, called for new changes in the policy that would benefit both the countries.

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