It looks like Trump will propose a South African style ‘Bantustan’ apartheid dressed up as a two-state solution. If the article is correct, the status quo will continue with a few minor concessions to Palestinian human rights. It seems unlikely that any Palestinian leader will be able to agree to this proposal. Whether Palestinians agree to the ‘Deal’ or not, it is difficult to believe the dehumanisation and ethnic cleansing of native people will stop. Israel’s long-term goals will not change.

We know from history that Israel does not negotiate or agree anything with the Palestinian people in good faith. The ‘Deal’, like the Oslo accords and all the other peace initiatives, will be used to deflect attention while the colonisation of Palestine rolls on. Even if an agreement is reached, Israel will simply ignore the agreement as and when it suits them, just as they routinely ignore international law.

Sadly, the best option for Palestinian people will probably be to refuse Trump’s ‘Deal’. It would not be anything like true independence. Under Trump’s proposal, Israel will continue to control every aspect of Palestinian life. Without an agreement, however, Israel will be deprived of a potent propaganda tool. Either way, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine will not stop until public opinion, and grassroots movements such as BDS, make it impossible for politicians in the West to continue pandering to Israel. In the end no amount of ‘hasbara’ nonsense, or intimidation from the zionist lobby, will prevent ordinary people from acting in accordance with common decency and forcing politicians to do the same.

And finally, note that Australians and other tax-payers, and not Israelis, will be paying for the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. Israel is not our ally and interferes in our internal affairs. Why should we, or anyone else, help them normalise apartheid?

The main points of US President Donald Trump’s much-derided plan for the Middle East, the so-called “deal of the century,” were leaked by a Hebrew-language news outlet in Israel yesterday. Israel Hayom published the main points of the deal from a leaked document circulated by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
The US has said it will reveal its deal after the Muslim month of fasting comes to an end in early June.
The main points of the agreement put together by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — who has extensive interests in Israel and its settlements — and proposed by the US administration are as follows:
A tripartite agreement will be signed between Israel, the PLO and Hamas, and a Palestinian state will be established that will be called “New Palestine” and will be established in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with the exception of the settlements. Israel would release Palestinian prisoners gradually over the course of three years under the deal.
The settlement blocs in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law, would form part of Israel.
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Jerusalem will not be divided but is to be shared by Israel and the “New Palestine” with Israel maintaining general control.
Palestinians living in Jerusalem would be citizens of the Palestinian state but Israel would remain in charge of the municipality and therefore the land. The newly formed Palestinian state would pay taxes to the Israeli municipality in order to be in charge of education in the city for Palestinians.
The status quo at the holy sites will remain and Jewish Israelis will not be allowed to buy Palestinian houses and vice versa.

Egypt will offer the new Palestinian state land to build an airport, factories and for agriculture which will service the Gaza Strip. Palestinians will not be permitted to live on this land.
A highway would be built to connect the Gaza Strip to the West Bank 30 metres above Israel. Funding for the project will mainly come from China, which will pay 50 per cent of the cost, with South Korea, Australia, Canada, the US and EU each paying a ten per cent each.

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Middle East Monitor