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Ex-EU politicians call for rejection of US peace deal if it is unfair to Palestinians


By Myriam Purtscher - April 17, 2019
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Former European leaders are calling for the EU to reject Trump’s 'deal of the century’ if it is one-sided or unfair to Palestinians.

 

More than 30 high-ranking former European foreign ministers and prime ministers signed a letter on 15 April, addressed to EU chief diplomat Frederica Mogherini, calling on the bloc to reaffirm their commitment to a two-state solution for Israel-Palestine.

 

The letter, published in full by The Guardian, comes as the US President Donald Trump plans to unveil his administration's peace plan for the Middle East.

 

The former EU leaders stated they previously have worked alongside the US to promote a “just resolution” to the conflict in the past, however, expressed regret over the current US administration’s stance in the region.

 

“Unfortunately, the current US administration has departed from longstanding US policy and distanced itself from established international legal norms,” the letter read.

 

The letter then highlighted the US’s recognition of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem, indifference to settlement expansion and suspended funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

 

The ex-officials said in the absence of a clear-cut vision for a two-state solution, Europe must “remain vigilant and act strategically”.

 

“We believe that Europe should embrace and promote a plan that respects the basic principles of international law as reflected in the agreed EU parameters for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

 

The letter urged for, “a Palestinian state alongside Israel on borders based on the pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed, minimal and equal land swaps; with Jerusalem as the capital for both states; with security arrangements that address legitimate concerns and respect the sovereignty of each side and with an agreed, fair solution to the question of Palestine refugees.”

 

“We are convinced that a plan that reduces Palestinian statehood to an entity devoid of sovereignty, territorial contiguity and economic viability would severely compound the failure of previous peace-making efforts,” the letter stated.

 

"Deal of the century" likely to not to include Palestinian statehood

 

According to a report by The Washington Post, the US administrations “deal of the century” is likely to not recognise Palestinian Statehood.

 

It reported that sources familiar with the main elements of the deal made agreements to improve practical aspects of Palestinians lives, but did not agree to secure Palestinian sovereignty.   

 

Spearheaded by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, details of the peace plan have been kept secret by Washington. However comments from Kushner suggest it "does away with statehood as the starting premise of peace efforts", the Washington Post reported.

 

The Washington Post also asserted the plan is likely to focus heavily on Israeli security concerns.

 

According to Middle East Monitor, the US peace plan is rumoured to be announced on Nakba Day on 15 May, the day when Palestinians commemorate the ethnic cleansing of their land and almost one million Palestinians were forced to flee their homes to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

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