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World reacts to Donald Trump's Israel-Palestine plan

Countries such as Egypt and the UAE have praised the announcement, whereas others such as Turkey and Iran have denounced it as 'shameful'
Trump touted his Middle East plan as "a win-win solution for both sides", referring to Israel and Palestine (Reuters)

As Donald Trump revealed his controversial plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday, many countries have come out both in support and in opposition to the so-called "deal of the century."

While Trump has touted it as "a win-win solution for both sides," some leaders have labelled it a "deal of shame," while others say it "could prove a positive step forward".

Here is how some countries have reacted to the announcement:


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said "a thousand no's" to US President Donald Trump's plan, which he said strongly favours Israel.

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The Palestinian leader said Palestinians remain committed to ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a state with its capital in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, members of Fatah, Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine marched together through Gaza in protest.

On Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said the deal was "nothing but a plan to finish off the Palestinian cause".

Sami Abu Zhuri, a Hamas official, said Trump's comments were "aggressive and will spark a lot of anger".

"Trump's statement about Jerusalem is nonsense and Jerusalem will always be the land of the Palestinians," he said. 


Egypt gave its full support to the plan while calling on both Israelis and Palestinians to "carefully study" it.

The country's foreign ministry said in a statement that the plan offers a solution that restores all the "legitimate rights" of Palestinians by creating an "independent and sovereign state on the occupied Palestinian territories".

Egypt also said it appreciates the US administration's efforts to try to resolve the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Jordan warned against the "dangerous consequences" of the plan, and also warned against the "annexation of Palestinian lands".

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In Amman, dozens of protesters gathered outside the US embassy in protest, shouting slogans including "No to normalisation" and "We will not recognise Israel."

Jordan's foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, called for direct negotiations that solve all final status issues, including the protection of the kingdom's interests.

The establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on land captured by Israel in a 1967 war, and with East Jerusalem as its capital, is the only path to comprehensive and lasting peace, Safadi said in a statement.

"Jordan supports every genuine effort aimed at achieving just and comprehensive peace that people will accept," he said.

United Arab Emirates  

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said the plan is "an important starting point" to reaching a peace between Israel and Palestine.

The UAE's embassy to the US said that the country "appreciates continued US efforts to reach a Palestine-Israel peace agreement".

'It is a deal funded by Saudi [Arabia] and the UAE to cement Israeli occupation'

- Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, Yemen's Houthi rebels

"This plan is a serious initiative that addresses many issues raised over the years," the embassy said in a statement.

The UAE's ambassador to the US attended the revealing of the plan on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement that Riyadh "renews its assertion" of support for the Palestinian people.

"The kingdom values the efforts of the administration of President Trump in developing a comprehensive peace deal between the Israeli and Palestinian sides," the ministry said in a statement.

It added that it encourages "direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians under American sponsorship" to iron out any disagreements about the plan.

Riyadh also called for kickstarting the peace process to "reach an agreement that would ensure the legitimate rights" of Palestinians.


Qatar's official news agency released a statement welcoming Trump's plan. It said it appreciated "the endeavours of the current US administration to find solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict".

The Qatari statement also called for a Palestinian state "within the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem," as well as the right of return.

Lebanon's Hezbollah

Lebanon's Hezbollah movement called the plan a "deal of shame", and said it was a dangerous step that would have negative consequences on the region's future, according to Al Manar TV.

The political bloc also said the proposal would not have happened without the "complicity and betrayal" of several Arab states.

Yemen's Houthis

Yemen's Houthi leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said Trump's plan was "blatant US aggression on Palestine".

"It is a deal funded by Saudi [Arabia] and the UAE [United Arab Emirates] to cement Israeli occupation," Houthi said.

"The people of the region have to bear the responsibility of standing up to this danger and facing it with every possible and legitimate means."


'Jerusalem is our red line. We won't allow steps to legitimise Israel's occupation and oppression'

- Turkey's foreign ministry

Turkey has condemned Donald Trump's so-called "deal of the century," calling it "stillborn" and another attempt at stealing Palestinian land.

"This is an attempt to kill the two-state solution and a plan that aims to annex Palestinian territory by robbing it," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Jerusalem is our red line. We won't allow steps to legitimise Israel's occupation and oppression."


Iran dismissed the so-called "peace proposal", calling it "a plan of imposition and sanctions".

'The shameful peace plan imposed by America on the Palestinians is the treason of the century and doomed to fail'

- Iran's foreign ministry

"This is a deal between the Zionist regime (Israel) and America. Interaction with Palestinians is not on its agenda," Hesameddin Ashena, an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted.

Iran's foreign ministry said in a statement that the proposal was not the "deal of the century" but the "treason of the century" and bound to fail.

"The shameful peace plan imposed by America on the Palestinians is the treason of the century and doomed to fail," it said.

United Kingdom

The UK has viewed the plan favourably, saying it could be a "positive step".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a phone call with Trump after the revealing of the plan and conveyed his support for it.

"The leaders discussed the United States proposal for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, which could prove a positive step forward," the prime minister said.

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