Trump/Kushner want Palestinians to meet “standards” never enforced on any Arab nation


Newsweek

President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner told CNN that if Palestinians can’t meet certain conditions under the administration’s Middle East plan, then he doesn’t believe Israel should take “the risk to recognize them as a state.”…

Fareed Zakaria pointed out that “no Arab country” currently meets the criteria Palestinians are being asked to achieve in the next four years — including ensuring free press, free elections, guarantees of religious freedom and an independent judiciary and financial institutions that are as transparent as they are in the West.

“Isn’t this just a way of telling the Palestinians you’re never actually going to get a state,” Zakaria asked, “because … if no Arab countries today in a position that you are demanding of the Palestinians before they can be made a state, effectively, it’s a killer amendment.”

Anyone surprised at this crappola from Trump and Kushner? RTFA for beaucoup depth and analysis.

4 thoughts on “Trump/Kushner want Palestinians to meet “standards” never enforced on any Arab nation

  1. Fine print says:

    “Buried in Trump’s peace plan, a proposal that could strip thousands of Israeli Arabs of their citizenship” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/buried-in-trumps-peace-plan-a-proposal-that-could-strip-thousands-of-israeli-arabs-of-their-citizenship/2020/02/07/0b43ff0c-4696-11ea-91ab-ce439aa5c7c1_story.html
    “A single paragraph in the 181-page document proposes the potential redrawing of Israel’s borders such that a cluster of 10 Arab towns north of Tel Aviv, known as “the Triangle,” would be subsumed by a future Palestinian state. That was news to the Triangle’s 350,000 Arab residents, who say they were not consulted on what many say would amount to a forced deportation from Israel, where their families have lived for generations.
    “How did this right-wing fantasy end up in an American deal?” asked Jabareen, a political leader and law professor at the University of Haifa. “The clear motivation is to have fewer Arabs in Israel.”
    News of the provision sparked immediate protests in the Triangle region, including a weekend march of hundreds in the town of Baqa al-Gharbiya.”

    The Plan: “Peace to Prosperity : A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People” https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Peace-to-Prosperity-0120.pdf

  2. Update says:

    (2/8/20): Israel has begun to draw up maps of land in the occupied West Bank that will be annexed in accordance with U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed peace plan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians/israel-drawing-up-map-for-west-bank-annexations-netanyahu-idUSKBN2020RA
    Most countries consider Israeli settlements on land captured in war to be a violation of international law. Trump has changed U.S. policy to withdraw such objections.
    Right after Trump presented the plan on Jan. 28, Netanyahu said his government would begin extending Israeli sovereignty to the settlements and the Jordan Valley within days.
    But Washington then appeared to put the breaks on that and Netanyahu has since faced pressure from settler leaders to annex territory despite any U.S. objections.
    (1/28/20): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted on corruption charges Tuesday, just hours before he was set to meet President Donald Trump for the unveiling of the US administration’s long-anticipated Middle East plan.
    Netanyahu has insisted he is innocent, calling the investigations an “attempted coup” driven by the left and the media. https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/middleeast/israel-netanyahu-withdraws-immunity-request-intl/index.html

  3. Economic activist says:

    Israel has put a ban on Palestinian agricultural exports which are transferred through Jordan, cutting off the occupied West Bank’s only direct export route.
    That is expected to cost the West Bank farmers millions of dollars in revenue.
    Israel’s move is in response to Palestinians stopping the buying of Israeli beef in September.
    Israel says the ban on goods through Jordan will only be lifted when Palestinians decide to resume buying its meat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfI3MODOzRA
    United States civil rights groups announced on Monday that they filed a lawsuit against a public university in the US state of Georgia, after the school cancelled a speaking engagement of a journalist who refused to sign a pledge to not boycott the Israeli government. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/civil-rights-groups-sue-state-israel-boycott-law-200210180553709.html
    In 2016, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill requiring any person or company entering with the state of Georgia into a contract worth $1,000 or more to sign a pledge not to engage in political boycott of the Israeli government.
    Similar measures have been enacted in at least 28 other states across the US, according to Palestine Legal, a US-based legal aid group.
    See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott#Etymology

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