Will Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Use Sanctions, Military Threats To Push Palestine To Cave?

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Written by Ann Brown
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According to a leaked document, Donald Trump wanted to play hardball with Palestine and has drafted a plan to make Palestine bend to Israel.

“The Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, owned by top Trump donor Sheldon Adelson, has published in Hebrew a leaked draft of the Trump administration’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for the Israel-Palestine conflict,” Mint Press reported.

The plan, which was reportedly drafted by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, focuses on how the White House will try to force Palestinian leadership to concede to Israel through using economic strangulation and military force.

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The plan is expected to be released this June, according to Mondoweiss.

The plan contains strong language. “For instance, if Palestinian leadership — such as the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Hamas — rejects the Trump administration’s ‘peace plan,’ the United States will respond aggressively by ensuring that ‘no country in the world transfer money’ to Palestine, which would apparently be accomplished through U.S. sanctions,” Mint Press reported.   

Trump, it seems, would be is willing to enter a future war against the embattled Gaza Strip if Hamas rejects the plan for the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Trump’s “Deal of the Century” plan also calls for the creation of a demilitarized state of “New Palestine” that would be “incredibly small.”

“This ‘new’ state would be showered in aid from several countries, including the Gulf monarchies, European nations and the United States, allegedly amounting to $30 billion over the next five years. Most of the funding, according to the plan, will come from oil-producing Gulf states like Saudi Arabia. It is unclear whether ‘New Palestine’ would be considered a sovereign state and whether it would be allowed to apply for full membership in the United Nations,” Mint Press reported.

Under the plan Palestinians would have to pay the state of Israel for their security since Palestine would not be allowed to have its own army.  

Israel seems to have had a hand in Trump’s plan, especially since it was leaked to the Netanyahu- and Trump-aligned Israel Hayom by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which is actually itself run by Netanyahu.

Dr. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, said: “If what we read is what is to be expected from this plan, then it seems that the objective of it is not a solution to the conflict, but to give pretext to the Israeli government to annex other portions [of the West Bank].”

He added: “Some in the [Trump] administration, they think, ‘Yes, what will help peace is break the legs of the Palestinians, break one arm and five teeth, and when they are on the ground they will come crawling to you for anything you offer them.’ Those who think that way don’t know the Palestinians.”

Most believe Palestine will reject the Trump administration’s deal.

What Israel wants is clear. “The PLO will have to renounce the right of return, formally accept Israel as a Jewish State and end its internal incitement and international propaganda warfare. It will also have to agree to the permanence and legitimacy of Israeli settlement within limited areas of the West Bank and reconcile itself to Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem,” Bloomberg reported.