We need to talk about the deal of the century.
After long anticipation, President Trump unveiled the plan of his son in law, Jared Kushner, which is labeled ‘The Deal of the Century’ because it was supposed to offer a just solution to one of the world’s most important and complicated conflicts. Instead, Trump did something very different. He offered almost everything to Israel and very little to the Palestinians. The one hundred eighty-one page document contained conceptual maps showing how Israel and a future Palestinian state could look if the Palestinians agreed to sign up to the plan. The plan was endorsed at the White House by Benjamin Netanyahu and rejected by the Palestinians, who have neither taken part in drafting the deal nor invited to the declaration ceremony.
If we want to describe this deal in a funny way, it is like writing wedding vows for yourself and your fiancée.
So what are the details of this deal? In short:
-The Palestinians will be granted limited autonomy on 7o% of West Bank and Gaza that consist of multiple non-contiguous enclaves. In fact, the Trump plan physically and politically separates Palestinians by placing them within a non-contiguous homeland; Areas A and B and Gaza, and declaring them citizens of that homeland.
-Israel will annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
-Jerusalem will be the undivided capital of Israel, whereas the capital of Palestine will be in areas located in north and east of Jerusalem.
-Israel will retain security control over the Palestinian enclaves and will continue to control Palestinian borders, airspace, aquifers, maritime waters, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
-The Palestinians will be allowed to select the leaders of their new homeland but will have no political rights in Israel, the state that actually rules over them.
-Disarm Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements in Gaza and keep the future Palestinian state defenceless and without an army.
-grant the Palestinian homeland autonomy over civil matters like education and healthcare, while critical areas such as trade, immigration, and security will remain under Israeli control.
The Trump administration claims the homelands are a temporary solution. Once the indigenous population proves itself ready for self-governance, they will one day be granted something that resembles a state.
Now, if the deal is implemented, this is how the territories of Israel and Palestine would look like under Trump’s plan. The maps show a series of Palestinian cantons pockmarked with illegal Israeli settlements marked as “enclave communities”. Commentators already have noted that the map goes nowhere near showing the Arkipelago/archipelago effect in reality, and shows Palestinian territory to be much more coherent than it would be on the ground.
In your opinion, should the Palestinians accept the deal of the century and accept a state that looks like chicken nuggets? And if they refuse the deal, what options do they pursue to effectively foil Trump’s plan?
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