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Trump's big "Peace Deal" - 01/28/2020

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump was expected to announce the farewell to the two-state plan of Oslo, which had so far only been half-defended by the western states - including the EU - in his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the opposition leader - taking advantage of the worldwide wave of sympathy with Israel, resulting from the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which justifiably occupied the world media the previous day and dealt with the crimes of the Nazis. At the same time, the meeting can be seen as mutual aid from both governments - Trump is under pressure - Impeachment and elections are in sight - Netanyahu - Corruption tank charges and also early elections. Trump did not go that far today - formally the two-state solution remains, even if another annexation of Palestinian land and anti-Palestinian planning were given a new, more aggressive face - an initiative that was immediately rejected by the Palestinian government.

btselem-logoThe US-Israeli plan is now designed to create Bantustans for the Palestinians, and has unlimited control and power from the Israeli army, and can in no way satisfy the legitimate interests of the Palestinian people.

This assessment is also shared by the Israeli civil rights movement and summarized briefly as follows:

Not peace, but Apartheid: A brief response to the “Trump Plan”

What has changed today? The reality on the ground is already one of full Israeli control over the entire area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and everyone living in it. It is a reality of one, inherently undemocratic, state. And so, the main change today is that Israel and the Trump administration are taking a step further in laying bare their intention to perpetuate this reality. This clarity significantly reduces the gap between the situation as it is, and the euphemistic terms used to describe it.

What hasn’t changed today? Tomorrow, there will still be 14 million people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, five million of them Palestinian subjects who have no political rights. And all of us here, in one way or another, will remain under the rule of the same government in Jerusalem, a government that works relentlessly to advance the supremacy of one people at the expense of the other, while continually trampling its rights underfoot.

And the future? What the Palestinians are being offered right now is not rights or a state, but a permanent state of Apartheid. No amount of marketing can erase this disgrace or blur the facts. But, the painful facts of today give rise to hope for the future, the only future that can genuinely offer peace. A future not based on supremacy for some and oppression for others, but on full equality, liberty, dignity, and rights for all.

That day will come.

Hagai El-Ad
B’Tselem Executive Director

Info mail B´Tselem from 28.01.2020

 More information on this topic from B´Tselem can be found here.

Consistent with this "peace plan", Netanyahu today also declared the extensive annexation of the Jordan Valley Zone C of the Palestinian State. See also Times of Israel 28.01.2020 and the comments in the next short article on this page.

In conclusion, it should be pointed out that the new national state law of July 2018 deprived the non-Jewish population of their rights, declared them second-class citizens - or rather non-citizens - which also includes Arabs with Israeli citizenship - not to mention from the Palestinians. Here are some German media voices on this issue. Deutschlandfunk - Die Zeit - TAZ


Israeli annexation plans for Oslo Zone C - an integral part of the Palestinian state

Poster IrgunIn this part of our website, a critical assessment of the political situation in the Middle East region - i.e. Israel - Palestine - and the neighboring countries - is to be set up and backed up with known and new map material.

The reason for the establishment of this section is the open discrepancy between the events happening there and our reporting, especially in Germany, as well as the announcement of further annexations of Palestinian areas - on the way to Erez Israel, announced by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 11th. of 2019.

The reason for the establishment of this section is the open discrepancy between the events happening there and our reporting, especially in Germany, as well as the announcement of further annexations of Palestinian areas - on the way to Erez Israel, announced by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 11th. of 2019.

The adjacent poster of IRGUN - a Jewish terrorist organization that was taken over by the Israeli army - headed by Menachim Begin - later Prime Minister of Israel - represents the real territorial claims of Israel, which ultimately also shoot Jordan. (Source: Wikipedia https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Irgun_poster_Erez_Jisrael.jpg)

He hoped to improve his chances for re-election, but it was not enough for him. But, and this is essential, this plan has generated very small criticism in Israel - except for the Arab minority - over 20% of the population - and some leftist groups seem to like the plan. None of the other parties has condemned the announcement of annexation, so there seems to be a middle-right religious consensus to annex the entire Jordan Valley. In addition to the territorial claim, this also represents a key position in water distribution for the areas left to the Palestinians and neighboring countries.

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