LISTEN | Trump’s Unreal Deal: No Peace, No Plan, No Palestinians, No Point

After months of waiting, President Trump finally unveiled his peace plan for Israel and Palestine on Tuesday, to the delight of PM Netanyahu, the disgust of the Palestinians and the bemusement of many. Chemi Shalev explains why. LISTEN FREE

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Palestinians burning a photograph of Pres. Trump and PM Netanyahu in the West Bank on Jan 28, 2020
Palestinians burning a photograph of Pres. Trump and PM Netanyahu in the West Bank on Jan 28, 2020 Credit: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP
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After months of waiting, U.S. President Donald Trump finally unveiled his much-vaunted peace plan for Israel and Palestine on Tuesday, to the delight of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the disgust of the Palestinians and the bemusement of many.

Joining host Simon Spungin on the pod for this breaking news episode is senior Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev.

Trump’s Unreal Deal: No Peace, No Plan, No Palestinians, No Point. Listen to Haaretz's podcast

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We discuss Netanyahu’s great achievement – American approval for the annexation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank – and how the deal benefits all sides, apart from the Palestinians.

We also discuss the timing of the festive unveiling of the so-called ‘Deal of the Century,” which comes a month before Israel’s third election in less than a year and on the same day that Netanyahu was formally indicted for corruption, and the odd fact that the most vocal Israeli opposition to the plan came from Democratic Senators, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

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Recommended related reading:

Annexation Already Happened. What’s New Is the Right’s Readiness to Give Up the Rest of the West Bank / Noa Landau (Washington)

Trump’s Peace Plan Is Ludicrous, Dangerous and One-sided / Chemi Shalev

Trump’s Peace Plan Will Fail – but Its Vision Could Still Endure / Anshel Pfeffer

The Israeli Right’s Dream Come True Could End in Brutal Nightmare / Amos Harel

Fact Check: Trump Did Not Actually Offer the Palestinians a State / Amir Tibon (Washington)

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