Palestinian Authority Puts Forth Its Own Peace Plan; Trump Plan Meets With Resistance From Some MKs; U.S. Continues Efforts to Bring Palestinians to Negotiating Table

The Palestinian Authority recently put forth its own plan for Palestinian statehood. The PA plan comes in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s peace plan. The PA submitted its plan to the Quartet—consisting of the United Nations, United States, European Union, and Russia. The plan calls for the creation of a “sovereign Palestinian state, independent and demilitarized” and contemplates land swaps between the Palestinians and Israel. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

The Palestinians are not the only area where the Trump peace plan has met resistance. Rafi Peretz, who is Israel’s Jerusalem and Heritage Minister, has said that he opposes parts of the Trump plan. Specifically, he opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state. Thanking Trump for his support of Israel, Peretz wrote on Facebook that “But there are sections of the plan that we will not accept. We will not accept the establishment of a Palestinian state in my homeland. I will oppose any mention of a Palestinian state in legislation to come.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

U.S. diplomats are also continuing efforts to bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table. Kelly Craft, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. recently said that the Trump plan is “not set in stone” and that the U.S. has “been working very closely to make certain that both Israel and the Palestinians… that both sides understand that this [plan] is very detailed, it’s very realistic, it’s very implementable, and it meets the core requirements for both Israel and the Palestinian people.” Kelly also said that “Until we have dialogue, there’s going to be nothing. So I’m really stressing… we have — you have — to get to the table.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…