Palestinians diplomatically isolated as Arab states welcome Trump's plan

US Leader Trump Presents Mideast Peace Plan

Trump unveils long-delayed Middle East peace plan

President Mahmoud Abbas, who is traveling to Cairo this week for meetings at the Arab League, appears determined to shore up worldwide support.

Netanyahu was formally indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust hours before the Trump initiative was announced, when he withdrew a request for immunity that was likely to be rejected by Israel's parliament.

India's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that New Delhi has been consistently supportive of the Palestinian cause and has called for a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. He said the Palestinian state it envisions is "roughly the same Palestinian Authority that exists today, with authority to manage civil affairs", but lacking "substantive powers" like border control or a military.

President Donald Trump has boasted that his Middle East plan will find support but most experts believe its unabashed backing of Israel and tough conditions for the creation of a Palestinian state mean it is doomed to fail.

US Leader Trump Presents Mideast Peace Plan
Boris Johnson praises Donald Trump's plan for peace in the Middle East

Johnson said the Israel-Palestinian issue has "bedevilled the world for decades", adding: "No peace plan is flawless but this has the merit of a two-state solution, it is a two-state solution, it would ensure that Jerusalem is both the capital of Israel and of the Palestinian people".

Corbyn said he has the greatest respect for Mr Abbas and those in the Palestinian Authority, adding: "I've met them many times".

All parts of occupied East Jerusalem that west of Israel's separation barrier - which has also been deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice - would be recognised as part of Israel's undivided capital under this plan. Near the end of Barack Obama's presidency in 2016, the U.S. mission to the United Nations allowed the UN Security Council to condemn these Israeli settlements in "occupied territory" as a "flagrant violation" of global law.

"However weak the Palestinian people or leadership is, they always have the ability to say no, as they will do now", Dunne said.

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Washington's role as an Israeli-Palestinian conflict mediator has been questioned following the Trump administration's pro-Israeli policies in the past three years including recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy there, and slashing hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians. Rather, we have outlined a mechanism that will allow Israel to reduce its security footprint in the West Bank over time while maintaining overriding security responsibility.

Kushner was the main initiator of the Peace to Prosperity summit, which took place at the end of June following the announcement of the economic plan.

The plan stipulates that "Israel will retain security control in the entire area west of the Jordan River. giving Israel a permanent eastern border to defend ourselves", Netanyahu said.

The protests, including isolated clashes, underscored the depth of frustration with a proposal seen as overwhelmingly supportive of Israeli objectives that was drafted with no Palestinian input.

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Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Arab states that are close USA allies, said they appreciated Trump's efforts and called for renewed negotiations without commenting on the plan's content. Ambassadors from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman attended the unveiling, in a tacit sign of support.

"The European Union will study and assess the proposals put forward", Borrell said.

It is a two state solution.

"Of course we would like to see a strong, large opposition to this Trump plan", he said with Tunisian U.N. Ambassador Moncef Baati, now serving a two-year term on the Security Council, standing beside him.

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"It gives Jerusalem, but not actually Jerusalem; it gives territorial contiguity but not actually territorial contiguity; it gives Gaza but not actually Gaza", he said.

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