U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, dependent on Palestinians taking steps to become self-governing, in an effort to achieve a peace breakthrough in their decades of conflict with Israel.
The main points of the plan include:
■ Two states, while safeguarding Israel's security
■ A committee will draw up a detailed map as a basis for negotiations
■ A four-year freeze on Israeli settlement construction
■ Jerusalem will be Israel's capital
■ Palestinian capital will be in East Jerusalem in neighborhoods beyond the barrier
Senior administration officials, briefing Reuters on the plan the president announced at the White House, said that under Trump's proposed Middle East peace plan the United States will recognize Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank.
In exchange, Israel would agree to accept a four-year freeze on new settlement activity while Palestinian statehood is negotiated.
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