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Trump Plan Calls for Palestinian State, Settlement Freeze

Trump Plan Calls for Palestinian State, Settlement Freeze Photo: WDIO/MGN

from Associated Press reports
Created: January 28, 2020 12:21 PM

President Donald Trump's long-awaited Middle East peace plan calls for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem.

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Presentation of the “two state solution” concept ends speculation that Trump might have abandoned consideration of an independent Palestine as he has adopted policies that bolster Israel at the expense of the Palestinians.

U.S. officials say the plan would more than double the territory currently under Palestinian control, but it would recognize Israeli sovereignty over major settlement blocs in the West Bank. It also calls for a four-year freeze in new Israeli settlement construction, during which time details of a comprehensive agreement would be negotiated.

However, not everyone is on board. A senior Hamas official says the group rejects the "conspiracies" announced by the U.S. and Israel and that "all options are open" in responding.

Khalil al-Hayya spoke shortly after President Donald Trump announced the plan. Al-Hayya says: “We are certain that our Palestinian people will not let these conspiracies pass. So, all options are open. The (Israeli) occupation and the U.S. administration will bear the responsibility for what they did.”

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