Trump releases long-awaited Middle-East peace plan

US President Donald Trump has presented his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, promising to keep Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.
He proposed a two-state solution and said no Israelis or Palestinians would be uprooted from their homes.
Standing alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump said his plan “could be the last opportunity” for Palestinians.
Palestinians have already all but rejected the leaked proposals, reports the BBC.
The blueprint, which has been shrouded in secrecy, was drafted under the stewardship of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The plan aims to solve one of the world’s longest-running conflicts.
Thousands of Palestinians protested in the Gaza Strip earlier on Tuesday, while the Israeli military deployed reinforcements in the occupied West Bank.
“Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace,” Trump told officials and reporters at the White House.
“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.”
Trump said it was the first time that Israel had authorised “the release of a conceptual map illustrating the territorial compromises it is willing to make for the cause of peace”.
“They’ve gone a long way,” he said, adding: “We will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so that recognition can be immediately be achieved.”
He said the map would more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem “where America will proudly open an embassy”.
Trump indicated that the Israeli-occupied West Bank would not be cut in half under the plan.
“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,” he said.
After holding talks with Trump in Washington on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the president as “the greatest friend that Israel has had in the White House”.
“The deal of the century is the opportunity of a century, and we’re not going to pass it by,” he said.
Israeli officials said Netanyahu would fly to Moscow on Wednesday to discuss the proposals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, who also met Trump on Monday, called the plan “a significant and historic milestone”.

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