Reacting to Tuesday’s announcement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Jerusalem was “not for sale”. “All our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain,” he added. Thousands of Palestinian protesters held a “day of rage” in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, while the Israeli military deployed reinforcements in the occupied West Bank.
The Middle East peace plan that the US unveiled today is by no means fair. In fact, it is markedly more pro-Israel than any that have come before it. But the Trump administration was never aiming for a “fair” deal. Instead, it was pursuing a deal that can feasibly be implemented. In other words, it’s a deal shaped by a keen understanding of the new power balances within the region and globally.