PROTEST IN PALESTINE
- Jerusalem – its name resonates in the hearts of Christians, Jews and Muslims alike and echoes through centuries of shared and disputed history.
- Inside the Christian Quarter is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a significant focus for Christians all over the world. It is located on a site which is central to the story of Jesus, his death, crucifixion and resurrection.
- The Muslim Quarter is the largest of the four and contains the shrine of the Dome of Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque on a plateau known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary.
WARS OVER JERUSALEM
TRUMP PEACE PLAN
STATUS OF JERUSALEM AND HOLY SITES
- The plan recognizes Israel’s right to the entirety of “undivided Jerusalem”, recognizing it as Israel’s capital.
- The Palestinians would get neighborhoods in the outer portions of eastern Jerusalem beyond the Israeli West Bank barrier
BORDERS AND TERRITORY
- The plan called for land swaps, but dismissed the idea of “1-to-1 land swaps”, arguing Palestinians would not receive 100 percent of pre-1967 territory, but provided for territory that would be “reasonably comparable” to pre-1967 territory.
- The plan recognizes an Israeli right to the entire Jordan Valley.
THE ECONOMIC PORTION OF THE PLAN
- The plan proposes a $50 billion investment fund for 179 infrastructure and business projects, to be administered by a “multilateral development bank”, with investments protected by “accountability, transparency, anti-corruption” the plan being funded mostly by Arab states and wealthy private investors. Spending is divided into $26 billion in loans, $13.5 billion in grants, and $11 billion in private investment.
WHAT SAUDI ARABIA SAID ON THIS
- Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “The Kingdom appreciate the efforts of President Trump’s Administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinian and Israeli sides; and encourages the start of direct peace negotiation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, under the auspices of the United “
- France’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement “France welcomes President Trump’s efforts and will study closely the peace programme he has presented.“
- Turkey’s Foreign Ministry criticized the plan and said it was aimed at “stealing Palestinian lands”.
- United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issued a statement welcoming US proposals for peace between Israelis and Palestinians
PALESTINIAN LEADERS REJECTED THE PROPOSALS.
- “All our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain,” he added.
- Reacting to announcement, Palestinian
- President Mahmoud Abbas said Jerusalem was “not for sale”.