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New Peace Plan, Same Old Palestinian Response

USA President Donald Trump’s peace plan would see the eventual creation of a Palestinian state over some 70% of Judea & Samaria. It was, of course, rejected by Palestinian leaders who said it fell far short of their minimal demands and left sizable chunks of the territory in Israeli hands. The Palestinians seek all of Judea & Samaria and East Jerusalem - areas captured by Israel in the 1967 war - for an independent state and the removal of more than 700,000 Israelis from these areas. But that's not all: Responding to the USA peace plan, the Fatah movement made clear in the official Palestinian Authority paper al-Hayat al-Jadida that any future Palestinian state must include the whole of what is currently Israel, as well as Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Mahmoud Abbas, as chairman of both the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, may assert that the Palestinians are only interested in a state on the 1967 lines, but that is not what he has said in times past and the messages from Fatah negate this. PA and Fatah leaders often use the expression "from the river to the sea" to describe "Palestine" and deny Israel's right to exist. The Palestinians memorialize the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" to mourn the 1948 War of Independence and the creation of Israel. That is the so-called "occupation" they seek to end. (VFI News)