94 percent of the Palestinians reject the “great peace plan”

A comment by Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, suggests that there are controversial opinions about the Middle East plan among the senior leaders of the Arab countries

Source: The Washington Post

There is still a lack of enthusiasm for the “great peace plan”, also called the “Middle East Plan”, which Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner worked out and which the US President has announced several times as a kind of work of the century, which in reality is very one-sided (see Trump’s peace plan: construction of a prison state).

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Representatives of the US government were pleased yesterday that opponents of the plan were unsuccessful at the UN. A UN resolution against the oeuvre did not even come to a vote in the Security Council, but was rejected in advance. This saved a US veto in the Security Council, which would have made it clear that the plan lives primarily from the American weight behind it.

To date, there are three countries in the Arab world that have made their support very clear through the presence of their representatives in the proclamation of the grand peace plan in Washington: Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. There are also supporters of Kushner’s plan on the tours of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar. In the case of public statements, however, the wording was cautious so as not to irritate public opinion in the countries.

A comment by Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, suggests that there are controversial opinions about the Middle East plan among the senior leaders of the Arab countries. The former secret service chief and hardliner of an old Saudi school described Kushner’s plan as “monstrous” because he made “Palestine a creation of Frankenstein”. No progress can be made in the “peace process”

However, the Arab countries mentioned, the Gulf States must also be reproached for not really seriously putting the Palestinian cause on a better path. There has been support for decades and the respective governments have built on political capital from appropriate speeches and symbols, but without this having any consequences for a promising regulation.

In any case, references to the unjust situation of the Palestinians were part of the public policy of the countries mentioned, and this was certainly connected with one or the other foreign policy diversionary maneuvers for the population. Now she has to be convinced of a different attitude.

A survey conducted in the Palestinian Territories between February 5th and 8th shows how far the road that it would take to persuade Kushner’s plan to travel there. 94 percent of Palestinians surveyed rejected the deal, according to a survey by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).

1,270 adults were interviewed “face to face” at 127 randomly selected locations in the so-called Palestinian Territories and in addition to clear rejection values, there was “also approval” for parts of the plan, as the institute headed by Khalil Shikaki noted. By the way, it is supported by Germany through the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The main support is the plan’s ambition to unite the Gaza Strip and the West Bank areas into one country. 90 percent shared this view, which is a matter of course when planning a future Palestinian state.

More than 80 percent believed that the Middle East plan brought the Palestinian conflict back to existential roots and that the plan itself was designed to go along with the Palestinians’ rejection of Israel’s annexation of settlements and parts of the Jordan Valley to enable.

84 percent were in favor of withdrawing Israeli Palestinian recognition and 78 percent of non-violent demonstrations against the plan. 64 percent were in favor of a return to the armed intifada. Assessments in Israel consider a new intifada to be unlikely and the support for armed resistance is not particularly clear compared to other points in the survey.

The current governments in the United States and Israel have to think that the Palestinians, as confirmed in this survey, no longer believe that negotiations bring good solutions. That is a bad prospect for a political peace settlement. [end]


The author of the article is Thomas Pany. Thomas Pany studied political science with Kurt Sontheimer at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, plus modern history and Semitic studies. The original article has been published in Telepolis. Translation and editing by Defenseweek’s team.

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