Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jerusalem: A 'Burdensome Stone For All People' - Palestinians Reject Peace Plan Due To Trump's Recognizing Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
(Zechariah 12)

Palestinian rejection said to delay US peace plan announcement indefinitely

The US administration has reportedly decided to delay indefinitely the announcement of its long-awaited peace 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.

The official said that the US administration had hoped that some of the Arab countries would replace the Palestinians at the negotiating table with Israel after the Trump plan was announced.
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.

“Had Trump not made his Jerusalem announcement, it would have been more difficult for the Palestinians to say no to returning to the negotiating table with Israel on the basis of the Trump peace plan,” the unnamed official said.
“But his Jerusalem announcement does not allow us to return to the negotiations. And without our participation, there will be no talks and no plan.”
Recently, other Arab sources suggested that the Trump administration may delay its peace plan until the post-Abbas era, particularly in the wake of unconfirmed reports concerning the PA president’s deteriorating health.
Abbas’s firm opposition to the Trump plan has made it difficult for any Palestinian politician to deal with it, both now and in the future, Thursday’s report noted.

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