President Trump is unveiling his so-called Middle East peace plan today amid his Senate impeachment trial. He is expected to introduce it alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner developed the plan, which will reportedly offer conditional sovereignty to Palestinians and remap the borders of the occupied West Bank to give more control to Israel, among other proposals. Netanyahu and his political challenger Benny Gantz met with Trump Monday to hear details of the plan. Palestinians have rejected Trump’s plan. This is Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh: “This plan, that does not provide the occupied land to its people and that does not recognize the borders of 1967 and does not recognize that Jerusalem is an occupied land, and provides it to Israel as a capital, and the plan creators launch a financial war against us, on the UNRWA, and closes the office of Palestine in Washington and dries the financial resources of the Palestinian Authority, is nothing but a plan to liquidate the Palestinian issue, and we reject it.”
Meanwhile, Netanyahu was formally indicted on corruption charges back in Israel after he withdrew his request for immunity from prosecution. He has been charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust.