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Trump's Middle East peace plan angers Palestinians

AFP/Ramallah
Filed on January 28, 2020
trump, middle east, plan, palestinians

(AP)

Trump is due to unveil his proposal for Middle East peace this week in Washington.

The Palestinians on Monday urged world powers to reject US President Donald Trump's peace plan, which they said President Mahmoud Abbas had refused to discuss with his US counterpart despite several outreaches.

Trump is due to unveil his proposal for Middle East peace this week in Washington, where he is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz.

Palestinian leaders, who have not been invited to the White House, have already rejected the US initiative and insist that Trump's administration has forfeited its role as an honest broker in the conflict due to what they say is the president's pro-Israel bias.

"We call on the international community to not be partners in this (plan) because it contravenes international law," Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh told journalists ahead of a weekly cabinet meeting.

"This a plan to protect Trump from impeachment and protect Netanyahu from prison. It is not a Middle East peace plan," Shtayyeh said.

The details of Trump's initiative, which has been in the works since 2017, are not yet public.

 


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