analyses of the leaked ‘Deal of the Century’ I/P peace plan
(Part I: Palestinian Resistance is here; I can’t apologize for this post’s length, as it needs to be this long, I think, as it’s the Trump administration’s answer to an historically intractable oppressive apartheid.)
No word-mincing here: ‘The ‘Deal of the Century’: Two Con Men’s Job’, Elias Samo, May 5, 2019, strategic-culture.org, May 5, 2019
“Yes, you can ‘judge a book by its cover’, especially if the ‘book’ is the ‘Deal of the Century’ and the ‘cover’ lauds two con men, Trump and Netanyahu. Furthermore, when two con men are involved, ‘Deal of the Century’ is likely more akin to ‘Theft of the Century’.
The ‘Deal’, presumably a road map for peacefully settling the Palestinian problem, was drawn up, ironically, by a small group of American Zionists responsible for the formulation of American foreign policy. The group is led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in law and senior presidential adviser, with help from John Bolton, national security advisor, Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State and David Friedman, American ambassador in Israel. Anecdotally, it should be noted that Netanyahu is a close friend of the Kushner family and used to visit the family while in the US and stay overnight, at times in Jared’s bedroom; perhaps making Jared an unregistered foreign agent serving Israeli interests. With such strong pro-Israeli input in drawing up the ‘Deal’, what does one expect the ‘Deal’ to be except a right-wing, Likudist plan to establish a Great Israel from the River to the Sea.” [snip]
“As to the Palestinian refugees, for Trump a Palestinian refugee is one who was alive when Israel was created in 1948, that is seventy one years old or more, which makes it very difficult to find many Palestinians still alive who qualify as refugees based on the criteria set by Trump. He furthermore severed political relations with the Palestinians when he ordered the closure of the PLO offices in Washington and imposed economic sanctions on the Palestinians when he stopped economic support to UNRWA.
Bearing in mind the fact that the ‘Deal’ was drawn up by Zionists in the Trump administration, it is only appropriate to expect that the ‘Deal’ will be everything Israel wants. Thus, a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian problem, in all probability, has become null and void in the foreseeable future; the ‘Deal’ offers nothing to the Palestinians and some prominent Palestinian officials have said so. Nabil Shaath, advisor to Mahmoud Abbas, noted that Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ will not bring peace to Palestine. Riyad Maliki, Palestinian Foreign Minister, said that the ‘Deal of the Century’ which seeks to find the ultimate solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will bring bad news to the Middle East. Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, elaborated further, noting that “Trump and Netanyahu are planning to terminate the Palestinian cause by removing Jerusalem from any solution, annexing major settlements and finding a capital for us on the outskirts of Jerusalem.” In view of the foregoing, Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to reject the ‘Deal’, with the consequence of being condemned for sabotaging the peace process and for Netanyahu reverting to his mantra that there are no Palestinians to negotiate with.”
A far longer and more measured analysis: ‘Is leaked document Trump’s ‘deal of the century’?’, If genuine, the report published by an Israeli newspaper widely seen as Netanyahu’s mouthpiece offers a catastrophic vision of the Palestinians’ future, jonathan-cook.net, 9 May 2019 and May 10, 2019, consortiumnews.com
“A report published this week by the Israel Hayom newspaper apparently leaking details of President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” reads like the kind of peace plan that might be put together by an estate agent or car salesman.
But while the authenticity of the document is unproven and indeed contested, there are serious grounds for believing it paves the direction of any future declaration by the Trump administration.
Not least, it is a synthesis of most of the Israeli right’s ambitions for the creation of a Greater Israel, with a few sops to the Palestinians — most of them related to partially relieving Israel’s economic strangulation of the Palestinian economy.
This is exactly what Jared Kushner told us the “deal of the century” would look like in his preview last month.
Also significant is the outlet that published the leak: Israel Hayom. The Israeli newspaper is owned by Sheldon Adelson, a U.S. casino billionaire who is one of the Republican Party’s chief donors and was a major contributor to Trump’s presidential election campaign funds.
Adelson and Israel Hayom have ready access to key figures in both the U.S. and Israeli administrations. And it has been widely reported that little of significance gets into print there unless it has first been approved by Netanyahu or its overseas owner.”
He writes that the newspaper has questioned the document’s authenticity, an unnamed WH spokeperson said that the leak was ‘speculative and inaccurate, which lackluster denial to Cook means: yes, it’s genuine. And if its genuine, he of course reckons that Bibi was the leaker. And if it’s what the Trump/Kushner/? ‘Deal of the Century turns out to be, it’ll be catastrophic for the Palestinians.
He then wonders if the leak was by way of ‘testing the waters’ in any of three directions: to see if the actual Deal might need to be amended before publication after the final June 6 day of Ramadan; that Bibi may have concluded that there could be an unwelcome price in publicly achieving most of what he is already gaining by stealth – a price he may prefer to avoid for the time being; or that it causee such an explosive reaction within Irael and among Palestianians and the Arab world that Trump’s Middle East team either postpones the plan’s publication or foils its release entirely. But the leak does offer insight into DT’s administrations thinking, from moving the US Embassy to the recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. The proposed Palestinian entity would be called ‘New Palestine’, and ain’t that catchy? New = Better. But according to the leak, New Palestine would exist in only a tiny fraction of historic Palestine. (click map for larger)
“All illegal settlements in the West Bank would be annexed to Israel — satisfying a pledge Netanyahu made shortly before last month’s general election. If the territory annexed includes most of Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank Israel was given temporary control over under the Oslo accords, and which the Israeli right urgently wants to annex, that would leave New Palestine nominally in charge of about 12 percent of historic Palestine.”
“But it is far worse than that. New Palestine would exist as a series of discrete cantons, or Bantustans, surrounded by a sea of Israeli settlements — now to be declared part of Israel. The entity would be chopped and diced in a way that is true of no other state in the world.
New Palestine would have no army, just a lightly armed police force. It would be able to act only as a series of disconnected municipalities.
In fact, it is hard to imagine how “New Palestine” would fundamentally change the current, dismal reality for Palestinians. They would be able to move between these cantons only using lengthy detours, bypass roads and tunnels. Much like now.”
The leaked plan offers the New Palestine $30 billion over five years to set up and run its glorified municipalities which he notes is actually $8 billion less than the US gifts Israel to buy armaments and fighter jets. But even if the inteernational community were to step up with further subsidies, the New entity would be entirely dependent on ‘aid’.
“The US and others would be able to turn on and off the spigot based on the Palestinians’ “good behaviour” – just as occurs now. Palestinians would live permanently in fear of the repercussions for criticising their prison warders.
In keeping with his vow to make Mexico pay for the wall to be built along the southern US border, Trump apparently wants the Palestinian entity to pay Israel to provide it with military security. In other words, much of that $30bn in aid to the Palestinians would probably end up in the Israeli military’s pockets.
(Banksy’s ‘The Wall’)
“Interestingly, the leaked report argues that oil-producing states, not the Palestinians, would be the “main beneficiaries” of the agreement. This hints at how the Trump deal is being sold to the Gulf states: as an opportunity for them to fully embrace Israel, its technology and military prowess, so that the Middle East can follow in the footsteps of Asia’s “tiger economies”.”
Leaked draft of Trump’s peace plan reveals creation of ‘New Palestine,’ promises to join Israel in next war in Gaza if Palestinians reject’, Allison Deger, May 7, 2019, mondoweiss.net
“If either Israel or the Palestinians, including Hamas and the PLO, reject the deal, the document says the U.S. will impose steep penalties. The U.S. will cut off all aid to Israel and ensure “no country in the world transfers money” to the Palestinians, whose economy is reliant on foreign donors.
If the PLO accepts the plan and Hamas or Islamic Jihad in Gaza reject it, the document warns “the U.S. will back Israel to personally harm leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad” in a future escalation, and will hold Hamas’ leadership “responsible in another round of violence between Israel and Hamas.”
The plan goes on to caution, “It is inconceivable that a group of a few dozen will determine the lives of millions of people,” which echoes similar sentiments made by Kushner last week.
Jerusalem as a shared capital
Jerusalem will be a shared capital for both Israel and New Palestine. The deal underscores that Jerusalem “will not be divided.”
Today Jerusalem is home to some 350,000 Palestinian residents who are neither citizens of Israel or West Bank residents, and 550,000 Israelis, including around 200,000 settlers in East Jerusalem. Under the agreement all Israelis and Palestinians will be able to stay where they are living, but Israelis will no longer be able to purchase homes from Palestinians, potentially abruptly ending future expansion of East Jerusalem settlements. The deal would also bar Palestinians from buying homes from Israelis, which they are currently able to do.
The Palestinians in Jerusalem would become citizens of “New Palestine,” but receive the same services as Israeli residents of Jerusalem from the Jerusalem municipality, governed by Israel. The plans says the Palestinian Authority will be responsible for paying the municipality for services, with the exception of schools, which will be run by the Palestinian government.”
“Egypt will lease new land to Palestine for the purpose of establishing an airport for the establishment of factories and commerce, and for agriculture, other than housing,” the plan said, “The size of the territories and the price will be determined between the parties through the mediation of the supporting countries.”
Under the deal Gaza would significantly open up to the outside world, albeit with the removal of Hamas’ military capabilities. Hamas would be required to turn over all weapons to Egypt.
And just in today: Palestine won’t sell its ‘land & rights’ for Trump’s skewed ‘deal of the century’ – ambassador’, 28 May, 2019
“Palestine will not accept the “deal of the century” with Israel which is in the works in Washington and rejects all of the recent ‘peacemaking’ proposals, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia has said.
Abdelhafiz Nofal, speaking at a press conference in Moscow, has referred to the upcoming peace “deal of the century” advertised by US President Donald Trump, as a “strange agenda.”
He said the Palestinian authorities stand firm in their rejection of all of Israel’s and the US’ recent initiatives ostensibly aimed at promoting peace. Jerusalem, which the US under Trump recognized as the Israeli capital, belongs to all religions and “is not a bargaining chip,” he said.”
Jonathan Cook calls the divided Jerusalem Ethnic Cleansing:
“But given that in return Palestinians would not be allowed to buy Israeli homes, and that the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem already suffers massive housing shortages and that an Israeli municipality would have the power to decide where homes are built and for whom, it is easy to imagine that the current situation – of Israel exploiting planning controls to drive Palestinians out of Jerusalem – would simply continue.
Also, given that Palestinians in Jerusalem would be citizens of New Palestine, not Israel, those unable to find a home in Israeli-ruled Jerusalem would have no choice but to emigrate into the West Bank. That would be exactly the same form of bureaucratic ethnic cleansing that Palestinians in Jerusalem experience now.”
As well, he finds the threat to ‘cut off all aid to Israel’ as absurd, and posts that if this is the real Deal, that it’s designed to give what’s been created in stealth a US imprimatur.
But even worse for Israel, once the Palestinians and the watching world understand that the current, catastrophic reality for Palestinians is as good as it is going to get, there is likely to be a backlash.
The Palestinian Authority could collapse, the Palestinian populace launch a new uprising, the so-called “Arab street” may be far less accepting of the plan than their rulers or Trump might hope, and solidarity activists in the West, including the boycott movement, would get a massive shot in the arm for their cause.
Equally, it would be impossible for Israel’s apologists to continue denying that Israel is carrying out what the late Israeli academic Baruch Kimmerling called “politicide” – the destruction of the Palestinians’ future, their right to self-determination and their intergrity as a single people.
If this is Trump’s version of Middle East peace, he is playing a game of Russian roulette – and Netanyahu may be reluctant to let him pull the trigger.”
(Award-winning journalist Jonathan Cook writes from Nazareth)
(cross-posted from Café Babylon)
It's pointless for Palestinians
to even negotiate while it's Netanyahu and Trump are on the other side of the table.
They'll demand more than the Palestinians people would ever allow them to negotiate away (intentionally trying to cause a civil war with Palestinians).
And then if they were foolish enough to agree to all of the outrageous demands, Netanyahu and Trump would immediately break/change the deal and demand much more.
It's pointless to negotiate with an entity that has no intention of seeking a peaceful solution (short of voluntary ethnic cleansing).
Palestinians have zero chances of getting an acceptable settlement. Zero chances of winning with violence.
And yet they still have no option but to resist.
given how long this
travesty has gone on, and the many ways that israel has defied the few UN dictates, how long it might take for the citizens of the globe to wake up and pressure bibi and the T admin to actually free palestininans.
but this: "It's pointless to negotiate with an entity that has no intention of seeking a peaceful solution (short of voluntary ethnic cleansing)" ...zings like an arrow to the heart, gjohnsit.
ya gotta love this though:
‘Trump’s leaked secret Deal of the Century is the real deal and dead on arrival, 14 faulty assumptions by the US administration doom this plan (oh, and I have a cheaper, easier, quicker idea), May 10, 2019, timesofisrael.com, Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden (just a few of the 14):
The Secret Deal of the Century
...was a fun read in that it all bounces back to the clueless Americans. The endless parade of American leaders, over 50-plus years, who have fallen for the scam that exceptional Americans are invited to create a peace plan for the two ancient tribes. All the while they are having their pockets picked by both, but mostly by Israel, who have their dual citizens positioned throughout the US government and mass media — policing US politics, compromising congress, and making laws against Palestinian sympathy.
It is a visible and embarrassing legacy for Americans. For whom are we pouring out our national treasure into the sands of the Middle East? Who is Israel's poodle at the UN? For whom are we participating in the Shia genocide? Americans are mocked behind their backs for this. And we still have no idea how tribal people think and feel. There will never be a peace there as far as the two sides are concerned, but there will always be the clueless Americans to scam. They can drink our milkshake anytime they want to.
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden is a dilettante — not that I have anything against dilettantes. He writes for his own amusement, not that I have anything against that, either.
The political system is what it is because the People are who they are. — Plato
But Russia. Right?
I sure haven't heard much about that bill congress passed making it illegal for us to boycott Israeli companies. Can you imagine if Russia had seeded dual citizens throughout congress like Israel has? Or any other countries? That we give them $3.8 billion a year when they have great health care and we don't. I'd sure like to know which area in the constitution that says our government can give our money away to other countries?
We have allowed congress to put sanctions on us whilst they spend money on things that we don't want them to. Boiling frogs....
I feel like I’m riding in the backseat of a '66 Thunderbird with Thelma at the wheel and Louise riding shotgun whilst heading towards a cliff
This gets to the heart of it
'to a higher
authority'; ahhhh, now we're gettin' to it. ; )
at the outset,
weren't the trumpeter's gleeful, hand-rubbingingly eager words close to: 'Oh, i promise i can make them a deal!' as if its all down to his reality teevee self-importance and image. come to think of it, his administration's been a mirror of that in so many ways, including that people aren't important (including globally), especially their oppression and increasing immiseration, but just lifeless placeholders for targeted consumer audiences.
yeah, but moshe-mordecai has his own tab at the times; perhaps he's their volodymyr velenskiy? but i'd liked finding: 'it's the real deal'.
i wish it were more than embarrassing for amerika, but those who ask, esp. now, 'who's client is whose?' have long asked a worthy question.
its hard not to be concerned by the lack
of interest in this post. i'm tempted to say 'maybe tomorrow', but as it's closing time for me, i'll bring this fine song, as peter paul and mary got it right all those years ago.
Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe
And light one candle for those who are suffering
Pain we learned so long ago
Light one candle for all we believe in
That anger not tear us apart
And light one candle to find us together
With peace as the song in our hearts
g' night; may the citizens of the world who care...help free the palestinians from such grievous injustices.
I'ts pretty shocking
the leak is ugly
as fuck-all, but amerika is the largest exporter of terror on the planet, most recently in the ongoing proxy wars against syria, iran, nicaragua, venezuela, north korea, and so forth. so much evil this nation pours onto the globe, but no, let me correct you, snode: 'they' may do it your name' but you are not this barbaric nation, nor are many of us.
some will argue that 'we are', as we've never stopped them. but that's a much longer story, isn't it?
Read some about this last week and last night, thanks for
posting it wd. Deal of the century my ass huh. I guess I'm tired of saying how fucking blatantly sick those that rule us can be. Trump and his Zionists are trying awful hard here to take things to the next level but this won't end well. I'll read more and comment again, this isn't the deal of the century but it is a big deal.
welcome, and thanks for
saying you'll read the rest. i know it's a bit of a tome, but do me it's a big deal, too, as it could have been so different, and now it'll be even worse. don't share jonathan cook's 'but at least it will give BDS a shot in arm' as anything, really.
After Israel has been bulldozing the Palestinians land and has spent decades killing them in cold blood when they aren't bombing them and Trump keeps breaking treaties right and left I'm sure that they are going to jump at the chance to trust Trump and Bibi.
Kushner has his lips attached to Bibi's ***
I feel like I’m riding in the backseat of a '66 Thunderbird with Thelma at the wheel and Louise riding shotgun whilst heading towards a cliff
Thanks for the reminder of the humancentipad
Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.
i know they trust them
enough to grok that this leaked plan holds a gun to their heads if they don't agree. 'we're gonna fuck you up worse! that's the deal!'
If they trot this out,
it will be interesting to see the responses from the democratic party and especially the prez contenders and justice democrats. This seems like put up or shut up time.
i'd just read
the wsws review of the justice dems new netflix video starring AOC predominantly this a.m.(knock down the house?). the author was not impressed. ; )
sigh. but as i'd mentioned this interview to wokkamile on snoopy's thread (having run into this on a break yesterday) on my favorite tankie's twitter account, i may as well put it here. yes, it's from 2014, but so full of hasbara and anti-russia nonsense...to me she can never dig herself out of it.
Thanks for that Gabbard video wd.
Like I said above, we'll see what Gabbard and Sanders have to say about this "deal of the century".
but i confess i was blown away with how intelligent she sounded while boldly asserting all of that rubbish. 'we know the russian separatists shot down MH17...' well, you know nothing of the kind, plus it makes no sense whatsoever.
we may never get to know how they react to 'the deal', but as someone pointed out how much Tweets matter as far as policy objections or not, etc., it's all kinda here today, new tweet tomorrow, facebook post one way, deleted the next, new one up: 'changed my mind', as in the OP (at least i think it was this one...).
i just ran into some hilarity on twitter i'll try to post just for the hell of it. it seems as though pierre and greenwald to some shite over closing the snowden archives, and they just published more docs, lol. figuring out how to show the subtweets is hard for me.
She was wrong as hell.
Okay, so four years ago the event had just happened, and she might have been led to believe that Russian separatists fired the missile that downed MH17, but she most certainly did not "know" it. Especially at that early date. And you are right, WD, it never did make a lick of sense for "Russian separatists" to have done the deed. It still does not.
I'll cut her a little slack on this due to the potential for beliving misinformation, but not a lot of slack. If she still stands by her 2014 words, it's a huge red flag. I'd like to hear what she says about it now that there is no excuse for making such a statement.
ah, eric zuesse had a whole thing
about 'who really hot it down' at NEO, iirc, but at least he'd supplied all the giant gaps in the investigation. kinda like in the OPCW 'investigations' into the douma gas attacks and the mystery of the Skripals 'poisoning conclusions'. what bothered me even more, of course, was her hasbara rubbish more relevant to this thread. and yes, bernie's been trying to redeem his zioism as per Pt I: palestinian resistance.
i have another addition i'd like to add from andre vltchek, but i'm tryin' to get dinner together, so if i add it tonight, it'll have to be later on. but it ballasts my contention that to even jews in israel, palestinians are non-entities.
good to see you as always, buster keaton. ; )
I had bookmarked a Zuesse piece on the MH17 mess here. Not sure whether it's the same as what you're thinking of.
Trying to do supper here, too.......
and good on you, busta keaton. g' night, hope your dinner tastes good and renews your body and spirit.
So, the Deal consists of...
"We've decided, in our glorious generosity, to increase the number of leashes on you from three to six! And if you can't keep that little dog that I don't have a leash on from barking about it, I beat you. That's so fair, I can't believe I have to even consider it."
Somebody needs to tell these idiots at TPTB that the most dangerous people are the people who have nothing left...
I do not pretend I know what I do not know.
you've offered the
correct metaphorical narrative, and the reason they march to return (challenge power) is exactly that so many feel they have nothing left to lose, so they lose their lives, their chirren, their limbs, and yeah, even send a few crap missiles into israel from the golan heights. or so mosad says, who can say where the truth abides?
These are the terms that are given to a defeated nation. The same terms we gave to native Americans.
close to doubling
down on what israel has been doing by stealth, anyway, as cook had said, but i did like him saying that 'if the plan is released' it will have the stamp of Made in Amerika™' on it.
oooof. now...so many tribal histories to recall (most were eradicated early on), but i suppose that the defeated tribes that were marched to reservations with promises that (although they could not hunt for food), the US gummint would provide them with food...which for most tribes, never came, unless a few bags of moldy corn, smallpox blankets, and jugs of liquor arrived. i've never been sure, but that history may be where the term 'indian giver' was born.
remember when israel was allowing enough food into gaza to keep citizens from starvation? 1200 calories a day was the working math. and now they won't allow cement or wood in because: dual purpose rebuilding and weaponry. what a democracy™ Israel is! (as is ours, of course)
it's heartening to see more comments; thank you all.
i'll be back after i take care of some RL obligations, but goddam, i need to add this morning news first:
‘Top IDF lawyer tells The Hague to back off, says Israel can probe own alleged war crimes’, 29 May, RT.com
how very john bolton of the IDF. but it immediately reminded me of the killings on the mavi marmara in the 2010 gaza flotilla (while the ship was in int'l waters) and israel claiming to be able to police itself. what i hadn't remembered was this little nugget:
this was after:
from the 'if amerikans knew blog':
'PBS stations around the U.S. were scheduled to show a riveting new Frontline documentary, “One Day in Gaza,” but at the last minute PBS pulled it', alison weir
The film is missing important context about the issue, but it includes footage that Americans, as Israel’s top funders, should see – including a young, unarmed teen being shot in her head.
BBC, the coproducer of the film, broadcast it to British viewers. We are posting it below so that Americans can also view it.’
there's much much, much more, plus a big red button link to watch the documentary:
Please be patient. BitChute videos sometimes take a little while to begin playing.
closing time for me, and i'll try to
unwind some of andre vltchek's essay tomorrow, but again tonight's closing song will be from yusuf islam (formerly cat stevens):
g'night; dream of a better world. ; )
good gawd all-friday:
‘Very nice’: Netanyahu pleased with Trump’s approval of Israel map including occupied Golan Heights’, RT.com, 30 May, 2019
up jumped the devil:
‘Where is the evidence?’ Malaysian PM says attempts to pin MH17 downing on Russia lack proof’, 30 May, 2019, RT.com