President Trump’s now released deal of the century – calling for the creation of a second Arab state in former Palestine in addition to Jordan (“the two-state solution”) – has predictably already been consigned to the dustbin of history by PLO President Mahmoud Abbas on the day of its publication.
Trump’s solution was a mirage based on the same shaky foundations unsuccessfully pursued by the international community since the 1980 Venice Declaration.
Trump’s failure to address the following issues ensured its collapse from the get go:
- The term “Palestinians” is not defined in the plan’s Glossary.
- Who comprise “the Palestinians” and what constitutes their common identity?
Trump’s plan states: “Palestinians have aspirations that have not been realized, including self-determination”.
Trump ignores that the “Palestinians” right to self-determination was realized when all West Bank Arabs became citizens of Jordan between 1950 and 1967 – then continued to retain their Jordanian citizenship until revoked by Jordan in 1988.
There is only one conflict – between Jews and Arabs – fuelled by the Arab League’s refusal to recognise the State of Israel since its establishment in 1948.
The religious dispute was resolved under the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty granting Jordan control over places of Islamic religious significance in Jerusalem.
Trump’s plan states: “This Vision addresses today’s realities, and provides the Palestinians, who do not yet have a state …”
The “Palestinians” do have a state – now called Jordan – created in 78% of former Palestine in 1946.
The key to successfully ending this 100 years unresolved conflict requires Jordan’s borders to be extended to incorporate those areas designated as “A Future State of Palestine” in Trump’s already-defunct proposal.
President Trump needs to go back to the drawing board and persuade Israel and Jordan to urgently negotiate those new borders.