The US administration has reportedly decided to indefinitely the announcement of its long-awaited proposal after concluding that it cannot impose such a deal on the Palestinians.
The Americans reached the conclusion after realizing as well that no Arab country would be willing to cooperate with the plan as long as the Palestinians were strongly opposed to it, a senior Palestinian official told the London-based Al Hayat newspaper in a report published Thursday.
However, the official said, the Americans haven’t been able to find find any Arab party willing to accept the plan as long the Palestinians continued to reject it. “This is why the Americans have decided to shelve the plan,” the official added.
“The US administration is searching for a plan that would be sustainable and acceptable to the parties, and this requires additional waiting and consideration,” Western diplomatic sources told the paper.
“It’s not possible to forcibly impose the plan on the Palestinians,” they were quoted as saying. “The Israelis and Palestinians first need to accept the plan. Afterwards, other Arab parties will be included.”
According to the sources, Trump’s plan, which he has called the “deal of the century” but which hasn’t yet been made public, consists of two phases: first, the launching of the plan, and, second, bilateral talks.
“The plan proposes a starting point to the two parties, after which they would complete negotiations on the remaining phases, especially the borders,” the sources told the newspaper’s correspondent in Ramallah.
Palestinian officials said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s blunt rejection of Trump’s plan has prompted the US administration to delay its announcement of the peace initiative.
A senior Palestinian official was quoted as saying that Trump’s December 6 decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had foiled his plan even before it was announced.