If there was any doubt about the moribund state of the two-state paradigm in Palestine, the unveiling of the White House’s peace plan last month has put that doubt to rest. The “deal of the century,” put together by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt in close cooperation with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel David Friedman, is not a peace plan but a “take it or leave it” fiat imposed on the Palestinians. The feeble and ailing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was told in no uncertain terms by Kushner that it’s either Kushner’s way or the highway.
Kushner’s plan is widely interpreted outside Israel and the White House as a poor facsimile of the colonial plan almost a century ago to establish Western and Zionist hegemony over Palestine with no regard for the political and human rights of the native Palestinian population. The plan upends decades of diplomacy and legally rooted international support for two states in Palestine under UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
To many, Trump’s peace document comes across as more of a political treatise driven not by a sincere desire for peace in the Holy Land but by the cynical calculations of domestic politics.
Plan favors Israel
Critics see the document as one-sided favoring Israel over the Palestinians on every major issue. For example, the plan places no restrictions on Israel regarding the annexation of parts of the West Bank other than to wait until after the March 2 Israeli elections.