Criticism of “Deal of the Century” Softened in UN Draft Resolution

  • References to the United States were crossed out from the last version that was delivered Saturday to members of the UN Security Council.
  • It still may not be enough to prevent the United States from using its veto during a vote on the text.
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to arrive at the United Nations, Tuesday to put the draft resolution to vote.

Condemnation of the US peace plan for the Middle East was deleted from the text of a Palestinian draft resolution to be voted on in the UN Security Council on Tuesday, and it refrains from mentioning the United States, contrary to its first language. The text, presented to the 15 member states of the Security Council on Saturday and seen by the French news agency AFP, states that the initiative “departs from the internationally-endorsed terms of reference and parameters for the achievement of a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to this conflict, as enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions.”

The Trump peace plan, also known as the Deal of the century, is an American peace proposal intended to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The plan was authored by a team led by Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The initial version, presented by Tunisia and Indonesia last Tuesday, states the U.S. plan “breaches international law and the internationally-endorsed terms of reference for the achievement of a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” References to the United States were crossed out from the last version that was delivered Saturday to members of the UN Security Council.

The first version of the draft resolution also called for an international conference on the Middle East “at the earliest possible date,” instead, replacing that language with a reminder that such a call was made in a 2008 UN resolution. Tunisia and Indonesia occupy two non-permanent seats on the Security Council.

Mahmoud Abbas is the President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority. He has been the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) since 11 November 2004, and Palestinian president since 15 January 2005.

The softened resolution still includes condemnations of Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories, including in East Jerusalem, and stresses the need to maintain the dividing lines that were defined in 1967. It still may not be enough to prevent the United States from using its veto during a vote on the text.

In its amended version, the draft resolution adds to the previous version a paragraph “condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to arrive at the United Nations, Tuesday to put the draft resolution to vote. After the session, Abbas will hold a press conference in New York with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to a statement of the Palestinian mission to the United Nations.

The Palestinians, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejected Trump’s US peace plan, which stipulates recognition of Jerusalem as a unified capital of Israel. According to the plan, the capital of the future State of Palestine will be established in the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem. The plan also provides for the Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley, and more than 130 settlements located in the occupied West Bank.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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