Palestinian statehood: Israeli sources reveal basic principles of Trump's possible Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative

Amid tensing US-Palestinian relations, Israeli officials intimately engaged with the US international negotiations team working on the US administration's peace plan, have revealed a number of basic principles they claim the plan will be based on. According to them, one such principle will be an offer of statehood with a large economic package.
Speculations: Trump will offer the Palestinians a state Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Tonight (Saturday), the primary principles of US President Donald Trump's peace plan were revealed for the first time by Channel 2 News. By the understanding of senior Israeli officials intimately engaged with the US negotiating team, Trump plans to offer the Palestinians a state – but under different conditions than in the past, and together with an extensive economic proposal.

According to these Israeli officials, the following are basic principles on which Trump's peace initiative will be based. After initial doubts, the US president intends to offer the Palestinians a state and is expected to adopt the principle of territorial exchange – though not necessarily founded on the 1967 lines, which have been the basis for past peace initiatives proposed by previous administrations.

In addition, it appears that the Palestinians will receive hundreds of millions of dollars towards great economic development, which will come directly from Sunni Arab states, allowing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the ability to accept the proposal. On the other hand, the US is also expected to recognize and meet most of Israel's security needs. 

Trump's peace plan may put Jerusalem debate on hold Photo Credit: Hadas Parush, Flash90/Channel 2 News

The plan supposedly includes another novelty, wherein at this stage, there would be no proposed evacuation of either Jews or Arabs and the question of dividing Jerusalem would be off the agenda. Furthermore, the debate on transferring the US embassy and recognition of Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel would also be postponed, in accordance with the progress of the negotiations.

Trump with Netanyahu and special adviser Jared Kushner Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon, GPO/Channel 2 News

The US will likely market the entire initiative as a comprehensive regional move and bring to the table not only the two disputed parties but also other Arab states with Saudi Arabia as the main axis to place leverage on Abbas. In addition, the need to hold a regional conference in parallel to the process is under consideration, although unlikely.

Israeli officials claim that Trump and his administration have not yet decided which party is the obstacle in negotiations and therefore urge that Israel not stand in their way. Trump's peace initiative team, which includes a number of lawyers, seem to view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a real-estate dispute that can be solved with money. Regardless, given that the plan is still under heavy discussion and has yet to be formally announced by the White House, Trump’s peace initiative will likely only be released by the beginning of January.

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