#Jerusalem, #Israel; #Israel'sUndividedCapital; #TrumpAdministration
Washington, Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): In his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, US President Donald Trump proposed a two-state solution of keeping Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital, media reports said.
Donald Trump. Image credit: Facebook page
Trump also promised that neither Israelis nor Palestinians would be uprooted from their homes.
"Palestinians are in poverty and violence, exploited by those seeking to use them as pawns to advance terrorism and extremism. They deserve a far better life...We will also work to create a contiguous territory within the future Palestinian state, for when the conditions for statehood are met, including the firm rejection of terrorism," Trump said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that this deal has provided them with an opportunity of a century and praised the president as "the greatest friend that Israel has had in the White House".
But Palestinian leaders rejected the plan in advance as it threatened Israel's rule over them.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership over the plan on Tuesday night.
The Palestinians had broken off contacts with the Trump administration in December 2017, when Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy to the city from Tel Aviv.
Since then, the US has ended both bilateral aid for Palestinians and contributions for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).