Palestinians say Trump to make ‘historic’ offer to Abbas next month
Senior Fatah official claims US president will propose a restart to peace talks in exchange for a halt in settlement expansion and a promise not to relocate US Embassy
ed note–if true (and we have to assume that the Palestinians would not have leaked something like this unless they had prior permission to do so from Trump and his people ahead of time) then all can understand better now why Judea, Inc has gone the lengths that it has in trying to demolish the Trump Presidency before it was even born. As we have pointed out here regularly, certain elements making up the US power structure realize that a critical moment has arrived and if drastic measures are not taken soon, the present 5-alarm inferno in which the world finds itself is going to escalate to 500.
More than likely, what Trump plans to propose to Israel is as follows–
‘Look, you have your ‘Jewish state’. You are the most powerful military in the region. No one stands a chance against you. But that’s it, as far as continued theft of Palestinian land goes, no mas. We are going to see to it that this situation is resolved in such a way that the world does not go up in flames as a result of your religious delusions and if you don’t like it, then you can forget all about that $30 million a day you get from us, as well as the support you get from the US at the UN. Furthermore, all your spies in the US are going to get rounded up, and those who aren’t indicted for espionage are going to get booted back to that shithole you refer to as the Jewish state.’
Of course, this is not going to go down well at all with Netanyahu and his fellow Siccari, who have done everything they could in trying to trump Trump but now who are going to pull out the ‘big guns’ that they are capable of utilizing, which means that things are about to start blowing up.
Times of Israel
Senior Palestinian officials say Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to the US to meet with President Donald Trump next month, during which the American leader will propose that the Palestinians restart peace negotiations with Israel in exchange for a freeze on Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and a promise not to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat told the Al-Khaleej daily that the “historic” offer will be presented during Abbas’s expected trip to Washington early next month, in an article published Monday.
A senior official in Abbas’s Fatah movement provided the Emirati news site with the details of the proposal, which include a halt in settlement expansion and a commitment not to relocate the US Embassy, a featured campaign promise by Trump.
This will be in exchange for the Palestinians reentering negotiations with Israel — in a summit to be hosted in Amman with the two parties, as well as the US and Jordan.
The official added that Abbas is likely to agree to the deal, saying that “he does not have any other choice.”
It is unclear whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be able to agree to such terms, due to the current right-wing makeup of his government. He has reportedly opposed similar offers involving building freezes in the past.
There was no independent confirmation of the report.
This is not the first time Trump’s interest in an internationally sponsored regional conference on the peace process has been raised. On Monday, Al-Monitor reported a senior diplomatic source as saying such a summit is expected to be held a month or two after the Trump-Abbas sit-down.
During a phone conversation the two held on Friday, Trump had invited the Palestinian leader to the White House.
During a Sunday address at a graduation ceremony for public-sector employees, Abbas told the crowd that Trump reaffirmed, during the call, his commitment to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
A transcript of the speech posted by an official Palestinian news agency initially included Abbas saying Trump had told him he supported a two-state solution, but the erroneous section was later corrected.
The transcript was widely cited in both foreign and domestic press outlets, due to its revealing of an apparent backtrack from Trump’s comments last month. Then the US president had told Netanyahu, “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.”
Netanyahu on Monday met with US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in Jerusalem. The two discussed opportunities for advancing peace between Israel and its neighbors, and tried to formulate a coordinated approach for the two leaderships on the issue of settlements.
Greenblatt told Netanyahu that “enabling the growth of the Palestinian economy and improving the quality of life for Palestinians” were important to Trump. The prime minister replied that he was “fully committed to broadening prosperity for Palestinians,” seeing the issue “as a means of bolstering the prospects for peace.”
The Trump envoy was set to meet with Abbas on Tuesday as part of an attempt to broker fresh peace talks after years of stagnation.
PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Sunday that the upcoming meeting between Greenblatt and Abbas would focus on planning for Abbas’s trip to Washington.
Greenblatt would not be bringing new proposals, he said.
Abbas spoke Saturday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II to brief him a day after his conversation with Trump, saying that the US leader has a commitment to an “authentic” peace process.
The PA premier had also spoken to Abdullah to coordinate stances ahead of the conversation with the US president.
There had been fears among the Palestinians that Trump would wholeheartedly adopt Israeli positions after he vowed to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv and gave indications he would be more accommodating to Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Since taking office on January 20, Trump has spoken by phone with Netanyahu twice and has hosted him at the White House.
But the US president has backtracked on a swift relocation of the US Embassy, and publicly urged Netanyahu — during their joint press conference last month — to “hold back” on settlement building.
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