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'Deal of the century' receiving condemnation and support as Palestinian leaders plot next move
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Palestinian leadership roundly reject plan
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Morocco 'appreciates' Trump's Middle East plan
1 year ago

Morocco 'appreciates' the US plan to end the Israel-Palestinie conflict, its foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, but added that "acceptance by the parties... is... fundamental to the implementation and sustainability of the plan".

Kuwait said it "highly appreciates" the US efforts to end the conflict, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday. 

The statement, cited by the state news agency, reiterated Kuwait's commitment to an independent Palestinian state based on its borders before the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.
 

Egyptian official: Sisi's office watered down statement
1 year ago

An Egyptian official has said that a foreign ministry statement released shortly after Donald Trump unveiled his "deal of the century" was watered down after it was sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's office for approval.

The source told Mada Masr that the original draft text mentioned the establishment of a "Palestinian state on territories occupied in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital" - a phrase that was omitted in the final version.

The final statement also omitted a phrase from the initial draft that stipulated the "need for Israel to realise that achieving peace in the region will not happen without guaranteeing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people," the source said. 

Instead, the final statement used slightly less direct phrasing that pointed to the importance of "restoring to the Palestinian people their full legitimate rights through the establishment of a sovereign independent state in the Palestinian occupied territories in accordance with international legitimacy and resolutions."

Trump's deal deconstructed: The status of Al-Aqsa
1 year ago

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound has played a prominent role in previous peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian political leadership.

Trump's plan calls for the following:

1) "People of every faith" should be permitted to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound - raising questions on whether incursion of Israeli settlers in the area will be normalised, in violation of existing regulations.

2) Jerusalem should remain under the same "governance regimes that exist today" while remaining under Israel's full control of Jerusalem. 

3) Muslims who "come in peace" will be welcome to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Worshippers can visit the mosque via a "special tourism zone" in a future Palestinian state from Atarot - a few kilometres north of Jerusalem.

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound has long been a source of contention in the Israel-Palestine conflict (AFP)
Trump's deal deconstructed: A Palestinian state?
1 year ago

Trump said a Palestinian state can be established when the Palestinian Authority leadership does the following:

1) Accept Israel's new borders and recognise it as the Jewish state.

2) Fully demilitarise the occupied Palestinian territories

3) Remove Hamas from power in the besieged Gaza Strip.

4) Agree to Israeli security oversight on all its territory until Israel deems it ready for withdrawal.
Read more here on the facts and figures behind Trump's new deal.

Read more here on the facts and figures behind Trump's new deal. 

Eight key moments of US support for Israel before Trump's 'deal of the century'
1 year ago

MEE's Washington correspondent Sheren Khalel takes us through the eight key moments of US support for Israel before Trump's deal of the century.

This includes the US recognising Israeli statehood in 1948 to using its veto power in the United Nations for the first time to protect Israeli from criticism. Read more here. 

OPINION: Palestinians have only one option left: Stay and fight
1 year ago

Middle East Eye's editor-in-chief David Hearst describes Trump's plan for a Palestinian state as an "MRI scan of the brain of an Alzheimer’s victim. The Palestinian state has been entirely eaten away." Read more here

US President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's on 28 January (Reuters)
OPINION: Trump's 'deal of the century': A blessing in disguise?
1 year ago

British Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi describes Trump's announcement as "taking credit for recognising ...theft [of Palestinian land] perpetrated by the Zionists over the years since 1967."

Read more here. 

Palestinians in Bethlehem face tear gas from Israeli army
1 year ago

Hundreds of protestors in the West Bank city of Bethlehem marched against US President Donald Trump's plan for Israel and Palestine. 

Palestinian protestor in Bethlehem burns American flag (MEE/Akram al Waarah)
Palestinian protestor in Bethlehem burns American flag (MEE/Akram al Waarah)

Images taken by photo-journalist Akram al Waarah showed demonstrators burning photos of Trump and marching towards an Israeli military base located next to Bethlehem. 

Palestinians marched towards the Israeli army base near Bethlehem (MEE/Akram al Waraa)
Palestinians marched towards the Israeli army base near Bethlehem (MEE/Akram al Waraa)

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas live ammunition at Palestinian protestors while other demonstrators began burning tyres and throwing stones at the military base. 

Trump's Palestine plan unifies Turkish parties for first time since 2016
1 year ago

US President Donald Trump's Palestine plan unified the different political parties in Turkey's parliament for the first time since 2016 in their opposition to the so-called "deal of the century."

The parties, including the pro-Kurdish HDP, signed a joint declaration condemning Trump's plans.

In Pictures: Palestinians protest in Tul Karem
1 year ago
Protestors gathered in the West Bank city of Tul-Karem to oppose Trump's deal (MEE)
Protestors gathered in the West Bank city of Tul-Karem to oppose Trump's deal (MEE)
Palestinian Red Crescent: 41 wounded from Israeli fire across West Bank
1 year ago

Israeli soldiers had wounded at least 41 Palestinians protesting Trump's deal across the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Cross.  

France to assess Trump's Israel-Palestine deal 'closely'
1 year ago

France said it welcomed US President Donald Trump's efforts to broker a deal between Israel and Palestine. 

The French foreign minister, however, noted in its statement that it would be assessing the deal "closely".

UK Prime Minister defends Trump's Israel-Palestine plan
1 year ago

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended Trump's plan and said it guaranteed a two-state solution during prime minister's questions on Wednesday. 

Responding to a question from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson urged him to reach out to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to engage in talks.

Britain is one of a handful of western countries to have come out in support of Trump's proposal. 

Bahrain supports US efforts to broker peace between Israel-Palestine
1 year ago

Bahrain confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that it supported US President Donald Trump's "efforts" to broker a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. 

Manama thanked the United States for its work on the plan and urged the Israeli and Palestinian sides to start direct negotiations under U.S. sponsorship.

Trump personally thanked Bahrain for sending its ambassador to attend his big reveal of the controversial plan during a speech in the White House on Tuesday. 

Palestinians in Gaza continue protests against Trump's deal
1 year ago

Palestinians in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip continued protests against Trump's middle east plan.

Palestinians youth protest inside the Gaza Strip against Trump's deal (AFP)
Palestinians youth protest inside the Gaza Strip against Trump's deal (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
Palestinians shout chants against Trump next to burning tyres in the Gaza Strip (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
Palestinians shout chants against Trump next to burning tyres in the Gaza Strip (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
Palestinians in Khan Younis inside the Gaza Strip burn tyres in protest to Trump's deal (AFP)
Palestinians in Khan Younis inside the Gaza Strip burn tyres in protest to Trump's deal (AFP/Mohammed Abed)