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BBC News 28 Jan 2020

Trump releases long-awaited Middle-East peace plan

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US President Donald Trump has presented his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, promising to keep Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital.

He proposed an independent Palestinian state and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements.

Standing alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Mr Trump said his proposals "could be the last opportunity" for Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the plans as a "conspiracy".

"I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass," he said in a televised address from Ramallah in the West Bank.


President Trump's new Middle East peace plan is making its way around the world, winning praise and support from some parts of Europe. One America's Jack Posobiec sat down with Hungary's foreign minister to learn more.
U.S. presidents have struggled to resolve conflict in the Middle East since the Palestinian Liberation Organization was founded in 1964 to undo the map settled on after WWII. One America's Neil W. McCabe spoke to a scholar of Middle East geopolitics about why President Trump's plan is different from past attempts.
In a speech before the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged President Trump to disavow his Mideast peace plan and seek a return to negotiations based on existing UN resolutions. Those resolutions call for a two-state solution broadly following pre-1967 borders. For more we turn to CGTN's Stephanie Freid in Tel Aviv.
The EU's foreign policy chief
criticized the peace plan as endorsing Israeli territorial expansion at the expense of a viable Palestinian state.

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