Category: Israel

When, amidst his characteristic bombast, US President Donald Trump festively revealed his “Deal of the Century” last week in Washington, he repeated the terms “peace plan” and “Palestinian state” several times. In response, Peace Now has written, “Despite the seemingly appropriate words and the celebratory atmosphere, an examination of the details of the plan, clearly reveal the degree to which it lacks both peace and a Palestinian state. A deeper assessment indicates that the plan not only neglects to advance peace, but also has the potential to severely harm prospects for a genuine peace plan for both parties.”

Statements similar to this one against the Trump Plan have been made by a range of peace and labor movements and appear in this week’s edition of the Hebrew-language Communist weekly Zu Haderech. What follows are summaries of some of these responses from prominent Israeli peace groups as well as three from organizations overseas.

American Organizations

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

The ITUC, headquartered in Brussels, slammed the US-touted plan on Palestine in a press release saying that “The Trump administration’s proposals on Israel and Palestine are an affront to Palestinian rights and dignity and have none of the elements of a realistic peace plan.” The ITUC added “The proposals, launched jointly by President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were drawn up by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has extensive business and financial links with Israeli companies.”

The trade union confederation went on to write: “The announcement this week provides no basis for peace and justice, and has been rejected by the Palestinian Authority. There was no serious dialogue or consultation with Palestinians.” The ITUC went on to denounce the US plan, dubbed “Deal of the Century: as a one-sided formula that favors Israel.”

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow warned that “the US proposals will severely damage prospects for a just and peaceful settlement.” Burrow elaborated, “The US formula would legitimize all illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory; deny the legitimate claim of Palestinians for a national capital in East Jerusalem; leave tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel outside Israel; annex large parts of Palestine including giving Israel sovereignty over one-third of Palestinian territory in the Jordan Valley; deprive Palestinians of refugee status; and eliminate UNRWA, the UN agency which is vital to the Palestinian economy. Any possibility of a Palestinian state being created would be decided by the US and Israel.”

“The ITUC stands in full solidarity with its Palestinian affiliate the PGFTU in rejecting these proposals and calls on the international community to reject them as well. The only acceptable way forward is for the occupation to end and for genuine negotiations to take place, leading to the realization of a two-state solution based on United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 and the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as capital of a sovereign state of Palestine,” said Burrow.

The Histadrut (Federation of Labor in Israel), a founding member of ITUC, but also a key Zionist organization, has said nothing about the Trump-Netanyahu apartheid plan.

Download as a PDF file Peace Now’s statement on Trump’s “Deal of the Century”


Communist Party of Israel

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