By Ken Abramowitz and Jon Sutz
See the sources for this article and more research in the Additional Reading section.
Update, February 1: Palestinian Authority ruler Mahmoud Abbas announced he is cutting off all ties with the U.S. and Israel, in the wake of President Trump’s submission of this plan for his consideration.
With much fanfare, and after three years of diligent work, President Trump announced his long- awaited “Deal of the Century,” his vision for “a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” officially named the “Peace to Prosperity” plan (hereafter referred to as the “Plan”). Read the document here:
Here is President Trump’s speech regarding The Plan, in the White House, and comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (47 minutes):
The Plan is rational and logical in that it:
- Genuinely seeks a compromise solution to meet the stated needs of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)
- Seeks to rally both Arab and European support. It envisions 4 years of direct negotiations between the 2 key adversaries
The Plan’s six key positives are very apparent:
(1) The U.S. government is now on record as immediately accepting Israeli sovereignty over 30% of Judea-Samaria (J-S), aka “The West Bank,” including eastern Jerusalem.
(2) It agrees that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) must remain in control of security in J-S.
(3) No Jewish or Arab communities would be uprooted.
(4) No “right of return“ to Israel is granted for any Arab refugee.
(5) The PA is expected to renounce both physical and cultural terror.
(6) Both the PA and Hamas are expected to disarm.
However, the Plan also has five clear negatives:
(2) A building freeze is proposed for 15 Jewish communities that the plan does not include in the proposed Jewish State’s territory.
(3) Despite Israel’s sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, Hamas (the Muslim Brotherhood) would maintain de facto control of UNWRA schools in eastern Jerusalem, which are notorious for inciting hate, and glorifying terrorists who murder the most Jews.
(4) The Plan irrationally envisions Israeli land swaps near Gaza, and in the “Northern Triangle” of Israel.
(5) The eventual PA state (or entity) would be left vulnerable to the influence of external Islamist terrorist entities, including primarily Iran, Hamas, and ISIS (unless all three are neutralized or destroyed by the U.S.).
Further, no matter what the PA agrees to now, the Plan does not address the fact that for decades, PA leaders, and the imams and media personalities they hire and control, have:
- Repeatedly said that they will never settle for anything less than all of the land on which Israel sits — while lying to Western audiences:
- Been indoctrinating Palestinian children for generations to not only hate Jews, but believe their life mission should be to expel them from “Palestine,” which they are shown on maps contains all of the land. Just one example is here:
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- Worked closely with anti-Israel BDS groups, to cause both Muslim and non-Muslim teens and college students from throughout the Western world to chant, “From the (Jordan) river to the Sea, Palestine will be free” — explicitly advocating that Israel be wiped off the face of the Earth (which is also Iran’s official policy). Here, for example, are non-Muslim LGBTQ students in Chicago, using this chant — while apparently not knowing, or being in denial of, the cultural and institutional terror and murder enforced against the LGBTQ community in PA and Hamas territories, or the fact that many seek to escape to Israel:
- Rejected every proposed peace deal, or to negotiate a compromise, over the past 73 years:
Graphic courtesy StandWithUs
Then, there’s PA president Mahmoud Abbas’s consistent refusals to accept any Jewish state of Israel, ever — while also saying he will never allow any “filthy Jew” anywhere in the future, Muslim-only state of Palestine, and especially Jerusalem.
The Plan is a positive for Israel mainly because it enables the Jewish nation to take legal control over 150 communities in J-S.
If the past is any indication, however, the proposed 4 years for the PA to negotiate with Israel and “achieve the criteria for statehood,” will prove as futile as in previous plans. Until and unless the PA’s leaders completely reverse course, philosophically, and acknowledge that Israel is a legitimate Jewish nation, which is entitled to secure borders and to employ appropriate defensive measures, there cannot and never will be a sustainable peace agreement — least of all one imposed or framed by an external entity.
Analysis of the Plan:
The results of PA indoctrination of two generations of children — which now extends to Western college and high school students: