Palestine's president condemns 'illegal' US Middle East plan at UN Security Council

Poll finds Palestinians overwhelmingly reject Trump plan

Palestinian president rejects US Middle East peace proposal, calls offer a 'Swiss cheese' state

"I am very happy that we heard today again a repeated commitment by the president of the Palestinian Authority [to] make every possible effort, together with the Israeli government, to defend everyone against terrorist activities", Olmert said, cited by I24 News.

Doron Baidatz's cattle ranch in northern Israel has been trapped in the center of a Middle East standoff.

While Arab League foreign ministers on February 1 rejected the plan, three Gulf Arab states - Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates - were represented at the White House announcement, suggesting they may be prioritizing ties with Washington and a shared hostility toward Iran over traditional Arab alliances.

Meanwhile thousands of Palestinians rallied Tuesday in the West Bank to reject Trump's Mideast initiative and to express support for the Palestinian leadership bid to win United Nations opposition to the plan.

Released on January 28, Trump's plan would recognize Israel's authority over West Bank Jewish settlements and require Palestinians meet a hard series of conditions for a state, with its capital in a West Bank village east of Jerusalem.

Trump's controversial Middle East peace plan (MEPP), staunchly backed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would unilaterally annul previous United Nations resolutions on the Palestinian issue.

"It cancels all the rights of the Palestinians".

The proposal also concedes Israeli annexation of the strategic Jordan Valley and settlements elsewhere in the occupied West Bank. It envisions a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over key parts of the West Bank to Israel, siding with Israel on key contentious issues including borders and the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.

The proposal was made without the input of Palestinians, who broke off ties with the Trump administration after it controversially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in late 2017.

A resolution was expected to have been introduced denouncing the plan, but that did not happen, leading observers to speculate that the Palestinians did not believe they could get past an nearly certain USA veto.

Image: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, speaks with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.

Trump's plan does not appear to meet even the most basic Palestinian demands for comprehensive peace with Israel, including the right of return for Palestinian refugees who were forced out of their homes as a result of the conflict.

"It also caused concern among other UNSC countries. Continuing on the current trajectory. would only push Palestinians and Israelis further apart, deepen the occupation, and imperil the future viability of the two-state solution", he warned.

The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday rejected the peace plan that was recently unveiled by the U.S. administration.

In an open letter, they said: "We believe that this plan could only be rejected by the Palestinian leadership as it will not bring peace or a viable two-state solution".

Meanwhile, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, accused Abbas of being unrealistic. He refuses to negotiate.

On Monday, Palestinian officials denied nixing a bid for a draft resolution at the Security Council opposing the American proposal, entitled Vision for Peace.

But on Tuesday thousands of Palestinians packed into Manara Square in the West Bank city of Ramallah to vent their anger at the Trump plan and express support for Abbas.

"They say they've been promised for years ... not any one resolution they say has been implemented on the ground", Ibrahim stated. And without the need to keep the broader Middle East peace for the sake of its energy interests, the U.S. now has the luxury of choosing which battles it wants to wage. Shikaki said the last time support was this high was during the worst days of the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, that convulsed the region from 2000 to 2005.

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