Arab League, Turkey Condemn Trump's Plan for Legitimizing Israeli Occupation

'The plan to give Jerusalem to Israel can never be accepted,' says Turkey's Erdogan

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An Israeli soldier kicks a Palestinian flag during a protest against the U.S. president Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, in Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, January 29, 2020.
An Israeli soldier kicks a Palestinian flag during a protest against the U.S. president Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, in Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, January 29, 2020. Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/ REUTERS
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Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Wednesday that the first reading of U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan indicates a great waste of legitimate rights of Palestinians.

However, the Arab League is "studying the American vision carefully. We are open to any serious effort made to achieve peace," he said.

Furthermore, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserted that the plan "will not serve peace and resolution" in the region.

"This is a plan to ignore the rights of the Palestinians and legitimize Israel's occupation," Erdogan tells reporters on his plane returning from a trip to Senegal, according to state news agency Anadolu.

"Jerusalem is sacred to Muslims. The plan to give Jerusalem to Israel can never be accepted," the Turkish president says.

Palestinians of all political factions have unequivocally rejected the plan, which has been dubbed "The Deal of the Century." In address Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said "Trump, Jerusalem is not for sale. Our rights are not for sale. Your conspiracy deal will not pass." 

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The blueprint offers a demilitarized Palestinian state composed of enclaves, with its capital being the village of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem and behind the separation barrier. According to the plan, Israel would annex West Bank settlements as well as the eastern border with Jordan and Jerusalem would be undivided and will be defined as the Israeli capital. In addition, Jews will also be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount/al-Aqsa Mosque.

The plan also offers land swap at the western part of the Negev, so areas under Israeli control will be transferred to Palestinian control. The plan also proposes a possible relocation of Arab communities in the so-called Triangle area to the Palestinian state. 

The U.S. president said that his plan will solve the Palestinian issue of statehood and give Israel security, making it a "win-win" situation for both sides.

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