EU lawmakers criticize Trump’s pro-occupation Mideast plan as unlawful

The lawmaker said the plan is aimed at “legalizing settlement and annexation of the West Bank” while risks bringing “more suffering for the Palestinian people”...

Istanbul, Jale Akbar, İnteraz - 12 February 2020, 12:03

Several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have censured a contentious US-devised Middle East proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, warning that the pro-Tel Aviv scheme will fuel violence in the occupied territories.


Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Dutch MEP Kati Piri denounced as “one-sided, illegal and intentionally provocative” the plan that administration of US President Donald Trump has drawn up in cooperation with the Israeli regime.


What the US president calls the “deal of the century” is “a cynical plan of two far-right leaders seeking support ahead of elections,” she stressed, referring to Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Similarly, Spanish MEP Manu Pineda called the US proposal the “fraud of the century.”


Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans also urged the EU to use its “credibility to intervene as an honest broker” and Borrell to initiate a peace conference.


EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also addressed the session, saying Israel’s possible annexation of the Jordan Valley under the plan — drawn up by the US administration in cooperation with Israel — could fuel Palestinian anger and protests.


“This may happen ...You can be sure it’s not going to be peaceful,” he said.


Borrell also noted that Trump’s Middle East plot challenges international parameters.


“The proposals tabled two weeks ago clearly challenge the internationally agreed parameters. It is difficult to see how this initiative can bring both parties back to the table,” he said. “I made this point to my (US) interlocutors: we need to ask ourselves whether this plan provides a basis for progress or not.”


The EU foreign policy chief further expressed his vocal support for “a negotiated two-state solution” to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict in accordance with international law.


“This means a two-state solution based on the parameters set in the Council Conclusions of July 2014 that meets Israeli and Palestinian security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, ends the occupation that began in 1967, and resolves all permanent status issues in order to end the conflict,” he added.


Trump released his controversial deal during an event at the White House alongside Netanyahu in Washington on January 28.


The so-called ‘Vision for Peace’ — which all Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected — bars Palestinian refugees from returning to their homeland while enshrines Jerusalem al-Quds as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allows the regime to annex settlements and the Jordan Valley.


Addressing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his rejection of Trump’s initiative.


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