Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Deal Makes 'Swiss Cheese' Palestinian State, Abbas Tells UN Security Council

Trump Deal Makes 'Swiss Cheese' Palestinian State, Abbas Tells UN Security Council

The poll by the well-regarded Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research was published as thousands of Palestinians rallied in the West Bank and Gaza to reject the Trump plan and express support for President Mahmoud Abbas in his efforts to gain backing at the U.N. Security Council for a resolution opposing it.

Al Jazeera's Nida Ibrahim, reporting from Ramallah, stated the profusion of assistance for Abbas's speech came regardless of numerous Palestinians sensation helpless. But he said now there is a plan put forward by President Donald Trump based on a two-state solution, and if that is a US commitment, it "must be pursued further by all sides, including the Palestinian side". "It's like Swiss cheese".

The worldwide community does not recognize Israel's land seizures and believes the status of Jerusalem must be agreed upon with the Palestinians, who claim its eastern part as the capital of their state.

It would give Israel a green light to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and entrench Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided capital".

Waving a copy of a map that the USA plan envisions for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, Abbas said the state carved out for Palestinians looked like a fragmented "Swiss cheese".

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Pollster PCPSR said that in a Palestinian election, Abbas would win 44 percent of the vote compared to 49 percent for Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the militant Islamist movement Hamas.

"Some insist that this deal is just". "We are in touch all the time", Abbas said.

Out of prison, Olmert returned to politics, publicly meeting with Abbas in December 2018, and claiming that if he had remained in office, he would have been able to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

While details of the diplomatic pressure have not been officially released, John Lyndon of the Alliance for Middle East Peace noted that the vote plan was shelved for two reasons.

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"This deal carries within it dictates, reinforcement of the occupation, annexation by military force and anchoring of an apartheid system", Abbas told a news conference he held jointly with former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert on the sidelines of a UN Security Council meeting in NY.

France, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Russia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa and Tunisia - among others - criticised the plan, calling on past United Nations resolutions and worldwide law to be respected. "There is no other framework except the one that Israelis and Palestinians together agree on, a framework based on relevant United Nations resolutions, global law and bilateral agreements". Trump has changed United States policy to withdraw such objections and the prospect of Israeli annexations drew widespread condemnation on Tuesday.

"And therefore he is the only partner that we can deal with", Olmert, who was seated beside the Palestinian leader, told reporters.

Abbas welcomed Olmert as a "dear friend" and "a man of peace, a man who believes in achieving peace, a man who continues to try to achieve peace".

But he insisted that in the end, peace could only come from direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Its representative stressed that any steps toward annexation would not be recognised by Berlin or its European partners.

According to Borrell, Israel's possible annexation of the Jordan Valley, as laid out in the plan, could potentially fuel Palestinian anger and protests. "After I worked for three years with [US President Donald] Trump to produce the "deal of the century, ' a former prime minister goes to Abu Mazen [Abbas] in order to fight against it".

Abbas said he is ready to start negotiations under the sponsorship of the Quartet and based on internationally agreed parameters.

The UK called for the U.S. plan to be the basis for opening up a dialogue between the two sides that could establish a plan both parties could agree upon.

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