Boris Johnson praises Donald Trump's plan for peace in the Middle East


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving toward annexing 30% of the occupied West Bank, after Israel was given the green light to do so by the United States. Under our vision, no Israelis or Palestinians will be uprooted from their homes or denied their civil rights.

The long-awaited Trump plan, which was unveiled Tuesday, would allow Israel to annex all its West Bank settlements - which the Palestinians and most of the worldwide community view as illegal - as well as the Jordan Valley, which accounts for roughly a fourth of the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Trump cautioned that "the conditions for statehood" should be met before the creation of "a contiguous territory within the future Palestinian State", which included stopping "the malign activities of Hamas", ending the incitement of hatred against Israel, among others.

The Jordan Valley, making up some 20 percent of the West Bank, were seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and controlled ever since despite global criticism.

The head of the Arab League said Wednesday that an initial study of the plan's 50-page political framework showed that it "ignored legitimate Palestinian rights in the territories". "Palestine will prevail, and Trump and the deal will go to the dustbin of history", he said. For the first time, the holy city will be open to the 1.5 billion Muslims from the state of Palestine and around the world. I am proud to say that if a final agreement is reached, Israel has agreed that all Muslims will be welcome to peacefully worship at al Aqsa Mosque.

In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, demonstrators threw rocks at Israeli border guards who responded by firing tear gas.

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"It must end the Israeli occupation and enable Palestinian self-determination in an independent state of their own alongside a secure Israel". It also grants Israel virtually all of east Jerusalem.

Those terms were warmly received by some in Israel.

But its effects could start being felt in the occupied West Bank well before the March 2 polls.

Netanyahu has embraced it.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, announced his immediate rejection of the plan.

But its implementation could be delayed until Israel forms a permanent government, something that has eluded its fractious political parties for the past year.

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In the plan, Trump also promised to double Palestinian-controlled territory and proposed a four-year freeze of Israeli development in the area expected to be part of a Palestinian state.

Jared Kushner is a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

Who was in the room: Participants included the ambassadors of Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates; Conference of Presidents CEO designate William Daroff, executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein and chairman Arthur Stark; the Orthodox Union's executive director for public policy, Nathan Diament; Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein; Jewish Federations of North America CEO Eric Fingerhut; Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Yeshiva University president Ari Berman, JINSA president and CEO Michael Makovsky; Abba Cohen, the Washington director of Agudath Israel of America; Marty Oliner, president of Religious Zionists of America; Family Research Council president Tony Perkins; KAIROS Company founder Johnnie Moore; Pastor Robert Jeffress, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed; and former Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

Saudi Arabia said it "appreciates" Mr Trump's efforts and called for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.

"We do not know if the American proposal is mutually acceptable or not", Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Russian news agencies.

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