The plan apparently already has some Arab states backing it. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba of the UAE, Ambassador Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa of Bahrain and the Ambassador Hunaina al-Mughairy of Oman were in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday as Trump announced his plan.
According to the Jerusalem Post, here are some of the key points of the plan, which has been three years in the making. Israel would supervise security from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The new borders of the state of Israel will include retaining 20% of the areas of Judea and Samaria while giving up an area in the Negev near the Gaza-Egypt border. Thus the Palestinian Arabs will have the option of creating a state comprised of the remaining 80% of Judea and Samaria in four years but only if the Palestinian Arabs accept the plan Palestinian Authority stops paying terrorists and inciting terror, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad put down its weapons.
The Post adds, “In addition, the American plan calls on the Palestinians to give up corruption, respect human rights, freedom of religion and a free press, so that they don’t have a failed state. If those conditions are met, the US will recognize a Palestinian state and implement a massive economic plan to assist it.”
A limited number of Palestinian Arab “refugees” would be allowed to enter the eventual Palestinian state.
Jerusalem will remain undivided, although the Palestinian Arabs may establish a capital in northern and eastern neighborhoods outside the Israeli security fence – Kfar Aqab, Abu Dis and half of Shuafat.
Israel will retain the Jordan Valley and all Israeli settlements in the West Bank up to their security perimeters. 15 isolated settlements which Israel Defense Forces would have access to would be part of a Palestinian state would be banned from expanding for four years.
Prior peace plans have been rejected by the Palestinian Arabs and/or the Arab World; in 1947, UN resolution 181 called for the creation of two states, but every Arab country voted against it and said they would launch a war to stop it from being implemented.The Arab Higher Committee, representing the Palestinian Arabs, opposed the plan and threatened war. The Israeli War of Independence followed in 1948, which ended with an independent Jewish state.
In 1978, Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords; Egyptian President Anwar Sadat begged the PLO and its terrorist leader Yasser Arafat to accept the deal, but instead, as CAMERA notes, it was rejected, with PLO gunmen even murdering West Bank Palestinians, who agreed with Sadat.
In 2000, Israeli leader Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians all of Gaza and most of Judea and Samaria as well as no Israeli control over the border with Jordan; Arafat instead launched the murderous Second Intifada, in which over 1,000 Jews were killed and over 8,000 were injured..
U.S. negotiator Ambassador Dennis Ross told Fox News that Arafat rejected the offer “because fundamentally I do not believe he can end the conflict. We had one critical clause in this agreement, and that clause was, this is the end of the conflict. Arafat’s whole life has been governed by struggle and a cause. Everything he has done as leader of the Palestinians is to always leave his options open, never close a door. He was being asked here, you’ve got to close the door. For him to end the conflict is to end himself.”
In 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a plan that would have divided Jerusalem and evacuated numerous settlements including Ofra, Elon Moreh, Beit El and Kiryat Arba along with Judaism’s second most holy city, Hebron, where King David was crowned.
Jackson Diehl of The Washington Postspoke with Abbas and reported, “In our meeting Wednesday, Abbas acknowledged that Olmert had shown him a map proposing a Palestinian state on 97 percent of the West Bank … He confirmed that Olmert ‘accepted the principle’ of the ‘right of return’ of Palestinian refugees … In all, Olmert’s peace offer was more generous to the Palestinians than either that of Bush or Bill Clinton; it’s almost impossible to imagine Obama, or any Israeli government, going further.”
Abbas rejected the offer.
ISIS Declares War on Israel and the Jews
This article was sourced from Christian HeadlinesDespite the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October of last year, the terrorist group has found a new mission: attack and slaughter Jews.
In a recording released on Monday, the new ISIS leader Sheikh Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Quarashi exhorted Muslim extremists, according to CBN News.
“Oh soldiers of the caliphate everywhere, especially in beloved Sinai and blessed Syria, go for the Israeli settlements and marketplaces,” he said. “Turn them into lands for testing your weapons and chemical rockets and other types [of weapons]. To the Muslims in Palestine and all countries: Be a spearhead in the war against the Jews and in thwarting their plans and their ‘Deal of the Century.’”
This week, President Trump will release a peace plan to resolve conflict between Israel and Palestine that includes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. Palestine, however, was not included in the negotiations of the plan and has already rejected it, according to the Associated Press.
The focus on Jerusalem is not very new. In 2016, three terrorists killed four and wounded seven in open fire in the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, according to the Jerusalem Post. And in a recent report released by Germany, officials warned the country of a rise in antisemitic attacks, specifically at the hands of Islam extremists.
But the threats didn’t stop with the Jewish community. Abu Ibrahim also warned American Christians.
“Oh tyrants of America and worshippers of the Cross: Search for something else in which to rejoice other than your claims of finishing off the Islamic State,” he said. “If you include in your calculations that you managed to win a battle, and that the mujahideen (jihadis) withdrew from it, know that the entire matter is in the hands of Allah…Allah is merely testing his worshippers, to differentiate those who are sincere in their jihad from the insincere ones.”
The warnings come only days after the World Holocaust Forum in which leaders from around the world gathered in Israel to remember the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine. She blogs at mikaelamathews.com.
This article was sourced from Daily Wire