Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for Palestine prompts Arab anger
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed the creation of a Palestinian state with a capital on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
“And on this day, you too have charted a brilliant future, a brilliant future for Israelis, Palestinians and the region, by presenting a realistic path to a durable peace.”
“I know that there’ll be opposition. There’s always opposition. I know there will be many obstacles along the way, much criticism. But we have an old Jewish saying: ‘If not now, when? And if not us, who?’”
Israel Far-right Defence Minister Naftali Bennett
“We will not allow the government of Israel to recognise a Palestinian state in any eventuality.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
“I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for a bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass.”
“Jordan supports every genuine effort aimed at achieving just and comprehensive peace that people will accept.”
Safadi said the only path to a comprehensive and lasting peace was the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines and with East Jerusalem as its capital.
“The so-called ‘Vision for Peace’ is simply the dream project of a bankruptcy-ridden real estate developer. But it is a nightmare for the region and the world. And, hopefully, a wake-up call for all the Muslims who have been barking up the wrong tree.”
“Egypt calls on the two relevant parties to undertake a careful and thorough consideration of the U.S. vision to achieve peace and open channels of dialogue, under U.S. auspices, for the resumption of negotiations.”
The United Arab Emirates believes the Palestinians and Israelis can achieve lasting peace and genuine co-existence with the support of the international community, and the plan offers an important starting point for a return to negotiations within a U.S.-led international framework, UAE ambassador to the U.S. said.
“This plan is an annexation plan that is aimed at killing the two-state solution and stealing Palestinian lands.”
“The kingdom reaffirms its support for all efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue.”
“The kingdom appreciates efforts by President Trump’s administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and supports starting direct peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel under U.S auspices.”
“Qatar affirms its readiness to provide the required support for any endeavours within these foundations to resolve the Palestinian issue… peace cannot be sustainable unless the rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent and sovereign state on the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem, and to return to their lands are safeguarded.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
Guterres is committed to helping Israel and the Palestinians broker peace on the basis of U.N. resolutions, international law, bilateral agreements and the vision of two states based on pre-1967 borders, his spokesman said.
Sami Abu Zuhri, an official with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas
“Trump’s statement is aggressive and it will spark a lot of anger … Trump’s statement about Jerusalem is nonsense and Jerusalem will always be a land for the Palestinians … The Palestinians will confront this deal and Jerusalem will remain a Palestinian land.”
Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah Group
“The settlement project under this deal is one of the biggest dangers and aims to do away with the right of return and to rob the Palestinian people of the right to their land … and to create social and demographic tension and sedition that only serve the enemy’s interests and expansionist goals.”
Maher al-Taher, a senior official in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, designated as a militant group
“The ‘deal of the century’ announced by Trump belongs in the trash of history because the Palestinian people will foil this deal which targets the complete liquidation of the Palestinian cause … The Palestinians stand united in rejecting this deal but we must now seize the opportunity in the face of this grand conspiracy to overcome our divisions, unite ranks and end the phase of the Oslo accords … after the tangible failure of this path.”
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