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Trump speaks on Israel-Palestinian peace process

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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Within the last hour, President Donald Trump addressed the nation regarding the Israel-Palestine Peace Process plan. The Times of Israel has posted a complete transcript of President Trump’s speech. President Trump has referred to this as the “Peace to Prosperity” plan. Mr. Trump spoke from the White House’s East Room. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood beside him. 

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Trump began his speech with comments about the hopes for the future of youth in the Middle East: 

“Young people across the Middle East are ready for a more hopeful future, and governments throughout the region are realizing that terrorism and Islamic extremism are everyone’s common enemy.

President Trump then detailed how he had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz. Both leaders had joined Mr. Trump in expressing their support for peace efforts. 

Mr. Trump has also met with the Palestinian President Abbas in Bethlehem. He also met with President Abbas at the White House. 

President Trump has decided that the solution is a two-state “win-win” solution. His peace process is 80-pages long. He stated that both the state of Israel and the Palestinians “want peace and they want peace badly.” 

The land grant will recognize some of the current territories of Palestinian occupation as belonging to the Palestinian state. Jerusalem will remain the “undivided” capital of the Israeli nation. Mr. Trump emphasized the importance that Jerusalem remained in the control of the Jewish state as it is the historic Jewish capital, known from antiquity as the City of David. 

Trump’s plan will invest a massive $50 billion into a new Palestinian state. It is a 10-year plan that is intended to create 1 million jobs for Palestinians. 

The White House has released the full-text of the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. It opens with the tagline, “a vision to improve the lives of the Palestinian and  Israeli people.” The plan includes provisions for the religious aspects of Jerusalem as well as Jerusalem’s political aspects. It then details the “Trump economic plan.” It goes into detail regarding Gaza, the Dead Sea Resort, and various other sectors of the country. The full text of the Peace to Prosperity plan is available via the White House.gov. 

Trump and Israeli leaders seem confident in the plan, but President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinians has ruled it out as an option. A Vox  political opinion commentary piece quoted him making these comments, 

No, no, and no. Jerusalem is not for sale. All of our rights are not for sale or bartering.”

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Politico reported that it could have “long-lasting consequences” for diplomacy in the Middle East. Politico analyzed that the Trump peace plan could be “dead on arrival” to the context of Middle East diplomacy.  

Middle Eastern peace policy is a developing story.

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