Trump's Peace Plan Must Guarantee A Two States Solution, or it'll be Dead on Arrival | OPINION

 

By: Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher and Orni Petruschka, NEWSWEEK, March, 2019

Jared Kushner was traversing the Middle East last week “to build momentum” for the Trump Mideast peace plan. For it not to be dead on arrival, the plan’s clearly stated goal must be, “two states for two peoples,” which, a January survey of Israelis and Palestinians found, “remains by far, the most preferred solution by the two publics.”

Moreover, presenting it now, before Israel’s April 9 elections, would help the administration attain its “deal of the century”—especially following the indictment announcement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. It would also advance another American foreign policy objective: confronting Iran.

The plan has to be balanced and address both sides’ long-term interests: Israel’s, to be the nation-state of the Jewish people with a clear Jewish majority and core democratic values within secure and recognized boundaries; the Palestinians’, to fulfill their self-determination by ending the half-century occupation.

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