Trump announced the plan last Tuesday flanked by Netanyahu and in the presence of Arab ambassadors from Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. (Photo Credit: File Photos)
The United States has requested a closed door UN Security Council meeting on Thursday for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, to present the administration’s new Mideast peace plan. The US plan suggests that Israel would retain control of the contested city of Jerusalem as its “undivided capital”, but Palestinians would be allowed to declare a capital adjacent to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
Trump announced the plan last Tuesday flanked by Netanyahu and in the presence of Arab ambassadors from Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Kushner intends to set forth the plan that Washington unveiled last week and to listen to the positions of the council’s other 14 members, the sources said.
The meeting would take place a few days before Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas comes to the United Nations—he is expected February 11 -- to express opposition to the US plan and to demand adherence to international law.
Kushner is the architect of the plan unveiled by the president a week ago, and rejected Saturday by the Arab League and by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Monday.
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The map shows the West Bank area containing some 15 Israeli settlements, connected to the Gaza Strip area by only a tunnel. This would technically fulfil Trump’s promise of a contiguous Palestinian state.
Trump said that under his vision, Jerusalem “will remain Israel’s undivided, very important capital.” He proposed Palestinian capital in Eastern Jerusalem and that US will set up its embassy there.
“My vision presents a realistic two-state solution,” he said.
Together we can bring a new dawn in the Middle East, Trump said as he urged the Palestinians to accept his deal and bring peace in the region.
Describing his plan as historic and deal of the century, Trump claimed that his proposal has the support of the world leaders in particular those in the region.