Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu offer a press conference at the White House to announce '' The agreement of the century '- GETTY IMAGES
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has revealed on Tuesday the main lines of the so-called 'agreement of the century', which contemplates that Jerusalem is the “indivisible” capital of Israel, leaves the settlements under Israeli control and creates a Palestinian state.
“Under this vision, Jerusalem will continue to be the indivisible capital of Israel,” he said at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “This is not important, because I already did it for you,” he added, referring to his recognition of the city as the capital of Israel in 2017.
Thus, he stressed that the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire territory that its “vision” – the term with which it has described the 'agreement of the century – contemplates as “part of the State of Israel” and has added that the State The Palestinian will have its capital in East Jerusalem, without giving more details.
Trump has stated that the plan contemplates that the Palestinian territory “is more than double that now”, without specifying what the borders would be, and has assured that “neither Israelis nor Palestinians will have to leave their homes.”
In an act in which Palestinian politicians have not been present, the US president has added that the so-called 'agreement of the century' recognizes Israeli authority over settlements – considered illegal by international law – as long as activities are frozen in them for four years.
Trump's plan would be the basis for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians in case both parties accept it as a starting point. “We ask the Palestinians to accept the challenge of peaceful coexistence,” he said.
“Recognition can be achieved immediately,” he said, before stressing that the United States “will not allow Israel to put its security at risk” and add that “it has done a lot for Israel.”
“It is only reasonable that he does a lot for the Palestinians. It would not be fair if not,” said Trump, who has stressed that his plan is “a historic opportunity for the Palestinians to achieve a state.” “It could be the last chance they have,” he added.
In this way, he stressed that the Palestinian State will have its capital in an undetermined area of East Jerusalem and has stated that the United States will “proudly open” an Embassy there for its diplomatic representation in Palestine.
The president has stressed that, if the Palestinians accept the plan, there will be a “massive investment” of $ 50 billion in the new Palestinian state and has promised that, “if executed well,” it would lead to “the creation of a million jobs for Palestinians. ”
He also pointed out that the “unacceptable” poverty rate in Palestine “will be halved” and that GDP “will double”, before arguing that it is to end “the cycle of Palestinian dependence on humanitarian organizations and the international aid”.
“They are a very, very capable people,” said Trump, who has promised to work to achieve “the empowerment” of the Palestinians.
In addition, he pointed out that the Israeli Government “will work closely with King Abdullah II of Jordan to ensure that the 'status quo' is maintained in the Mosque Esplanade.”
CALL TO ABBAS
Trump has made a direct appeal to the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to accept the plan and has assured that he has transferred what would be the territory of the new Palestinian state.
Thus, he reiterated that for a period of four years the Palestinians will be able to use mechanisms to negotiate with Israel in order to sign an agreement, for which it will be necessary to pass “Human Rights laws, fight corruption, put an end to the activities of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other enemies of peace. ”
“Abbas, I want you to know that if you choose the path of peace, the United States and other countries will be there to help in many ways along the way,” he promised. “It will work, if they do this, it will work,” he said.
“His response to this historic opportunity will demonstrate his ability to bring the Palestinians to a state,” he said, before adding that “many” countries in the region support his plan.
On the other hand, he stressed that “it is never too late for brave leaders to choose a new path” and added that “The United States is prepared to work with all parties in our vision.”
“It is time for the Muslim world to fix the error of 1948, when it decided to attack, instead of recognizing, the new State of Israel,” he said, before regretting the years of “unnecessary bloodshed” for “meaningless causes “.
Finally, Trump has said that “all Humanity should be able to enjoy the glory of the Promised Land” and added that it “should not be an example of conflict, but a symbol of peace.”