Jared Kushner: A pivotal moment in the Middle East


"It is meant to help Prime Minister Netanyahu survive his current political and legal struggles as well as to shore up support for President Trump among pro-Israel voters in his re-election campaign", said Michele Dunne, a former State Department specialist on the Middle East now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It will also establish a generous trust to support and compensate refugees, finally empowering them to build their lives in a land where they enjoy the same rights and privileges as their fellow citizens.

"Nothing will change", said Mahmoud Abu Anwar, a vegetable vendor in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak in the United Nations Security Council in the next two weeks about the U.S. Middle East peace plan, Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour said on Wednesday.

Past peace plans, he said, "failed because they did not strike the right balance between Israel's vital security and national interests and the Palestinians' aspirations for self-determination". "Trump is Santa Claus for Israel", Evans explained, "and when he knocks on your door with so many gifts, the last thing you want is to slam the door back in his face".

The 10-year economic plan was announced in June 2019, calling for Palestinian projects worth $27.5 billion in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, and $9.1 billion, $7.4 billion, and $6.3 billion for Palestinians in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, respectively.

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from West Jerusalem.

In the plan, Trump also promised to double Palestinian-controlled territory and proposed a four-year freeze of Israeli development in the area expected to be part of a Palestinian state.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced out of what is now Israel during the 1948 war around its creation.

The US has signaled that it is happy for Israel's annexation to begin at any time.

Gantz announced late Wednesday that he would bring the Trump initiative before parliament for approval next week.

That would be popular among many Palestinians - who increasingly view the Palestinian Authority as an enforcer of the Israeli occupation.

Despite the Palestinian rejection, the Trump plan enjoyed an upbeat reception from several USA allies in the Arab world, which have found common cause with Trump and Netanyahu in their opposition to Iran.

The proposals were instantly described as siding with Israel on key contentious issues but Mr Johnson said he believed the document could provide a path to peace as he criticised Jeremy Corbyn for outright rejecting the suggested way forward.

The Trump administration has been working on a peace plan since it took office in 2017.

"Total rejection could undermine what modest hopes for two-state outcome exist and pave way to annexations".

There are no Palestinians at this press conference.

But Johnson rejected the Labour leader's assessment, telling Corbyn: "No peace plan is ideal, but this has the merit of a two-state solution".

Tareq Baconi, an analyst with the Crisis Group, an global think tank, said the latest plan, like previous ones, will ensure that the "charade" of the two-state solution will continue. "It gives enough of a veneer of statehood that it looks like statehood hasn't been completely removed from the table, when in reality of course it has, because it's been emptied of all notions of sovereignty".