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World Leaders Respond to USA Peace Plan

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Tues. 28 Jan. 2020 that the USA peace plan "is clearly a serious proposal, reflecting extensive time and effort. We encourage the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian territories to give these plans genuine and fair consideration and explore whether they might prove a first step on the road back to negotiations." France said it welcomes President Trump's efforts and will carefully study the peace plan he presented. Australia likewise has welcomed Trump's "Vision for Peace" as a first step towards a two-state solution to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said the UN supports two states living in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders.

Ambassadors from Oman, Bahrain, and the UAE were present when Trump unveiled the plan in the White House, marking a very public endorsement. Saudi Arabia which once drew much of its regional clout from defending the Palestinians was mute. The Palestinians had become a burden, financially and politically, and were no longer worth the investment, the Saudi crown prince had concluded. The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, said the plan "offers an important starting point for a return to negotiations within a USA-led international framework. Egypt's foreign ministry said that the plan favors a solution that restores all the "legitimate rights" of the Palestinian people through establishing an “independent and sovereign state on the Palestinian territories". Egypt, which along with Jordan is the only Arab country to have made peace with Israel, said it appreciates the USA administration's efforts to try to resolve the decades-old conflict.  Iran, of course, has immediately dismissed Trump's Deal of the Century: Hesameddin Ashena, an adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, said on Twitter: "The shameful peace plan imposed by America on the Palestinians is the treason of the century and doomed to fail." (VFI News)

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may those who love you be secure.” Ps. 122:6