The Palestinian Authority says it has suspended security cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after protesting the Israeli government’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank. On Thursday, Saeb Alikat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and a senior Palestinian Authority official, confirmed the news.
Israel is celebrating Jerusalem Day on Friday, in memory of the day in which Israel took possession of East Jerusalem and the Western Wall during the Six Day War. The State of Israel also observed its 72nd year of independence last month. After three elections, Israel was finally successful in making a united coalition emergency government.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced President Trump’s peace plan Tuesday before the United Nations Security Council. He described it as offering a “Swiss cheese” state, with many holes in it, removing sections of Judea and Samaria from a Palestinian State. These were instead giving to Israeli settlements for annexation.
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.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced a break in any relationship between Palestine and Israel, as well as the Americans. Abbas made the announcement before the start of an Arab League summit in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. “We’ve informed the Israeli side . . . that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States, including security ties,” Abbas declared.
If a real estate developer pitches a $50 billion timeshare presentation at a seminar in Bahrain, and nobody shows up to take it seriously, is it really a plan to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? That’s the approximate weight given by most observers— those who bothered to observe— to the “deal of the century,” crafted by senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, who also happens to be President Trump’s son in law. Kushner unveiled the economic portion of the plan at the “Peace and Prosperity” workshop in Bahrain on Tuesday.
America is working to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinians. There is resistance on both sides to the peace plan initiated by Jared Kushner representing President Trump, his father-in-law.
The first phase of the peace treaty involves a $50 billion investment in all interests surrounding Israel including Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon. The idea is to create first an environment for peace between these nations before reaching a political solution. The agreement will attempt to connect Gaza with the West Bank. Israel is concerned about its tourist trade located in the city of Eilat which will be cut off from the rest of Israel through this thoroughfare. This thoroughfare could also be used by terrorists from Arab Gihad to infiltrate Israel.