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Unconfirmed Rumors Upsetting US Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Agreement before It’s Released

By Michael Friedson | The Media LIne

December 4, 2017

Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia meets with U.S. President Donald Trump, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Panic among Palestinians is becoming the prevalent reaction to unconfirmed rumors that the long-awaited peace plan being drawn up by TeamTrump will torpedo any semblance of hope with a strong assist by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The New York Times is reporting that in a number of closed-door meetings including one with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the prince has outlined a peace plan “the Israelis could have written.” Absent are the longtime Palestinian standard redlines, including contiguity of land, a capital in east Jerusalem and a right of return for Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 or, as the Times describes it: a plan no Palestinian leader can accept. While the rumors have officials in an uproar, it’s important to note that no plan has been completed so far and the alarming terms attributed to the prince have been denied by both the White House and the Saudi government. Nevertheless, observers believe that elements might be accurate and if so, it is most likely the most visible example yet of Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s change of focus from the Israeli-Palestinian track of Middle East conflicts to a calculated decision to secure Israel as a member of the Saudi anti-Iran team – a goal that unlike the Israeli-Palestinian quest for peace, looms existential. If the information is accurate, it will justify the narratives of those who for years have argued that contrary to its massive press coverage, the Israeli-Palestinian footprint on the region is exaggerated.




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