An overwhelming majority of the European Union’s parliamentary lawmakers have censured a US-devised Middle East proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the contentious plan flies in the face of international law.
During a session in Strasbourg, on Tuesday, EU lawmakers said the plan that the administration of US President Donald Trump has drawn up, in cooperation with Israel, runs contrary to international law and is biased towards Tel Aviv.
Dutch MEP Kati Piri denounced the American scheme as âone-sided, illegal and intentionally provocative,â adding that it is aimed at âlegalizing settlement and annexation of the West Bank,â while riskingÂ âmore suffering for the Palestinian people.â
What the US president calls the âDeal of the Centuryâ is âa cynical plan of two far-right leaders seeking support ahead of elections,â she stressed, referring to Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Similarly, Spanish MEP Manu Pineda called the US proposal the âFraud of the Century.â
Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans also urged the EU to use its âcredibility to intervene as an honest brokerâ and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to initiate a peace conference.
The European Union has already rejected Trumpâs self-proclaimed “peace plan” for the Middle East.
Only a small number of lawmakers backed Trumpâs plan, during the debate.
Slovenian politician Tanja Fajon warned that the âEU should not reject the deal because it hates Trump.â
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also addressed the session, saying Israelâs possible annexation of the Jordan Valley under the plan â drawn up by the US administration, in cooperation with Israel â could fuel Palestinian anger and protests.
âThis may happen âŠYou can be sure itâs not going to be peaceful,â he said.
Borrell also noted that Trumpâs Middle East plot challenges international parameters.
âThe 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,â he said. âI made this point to my (US) interlocutors: we need to ask ourselves whether this plan provides a basis for progress or not.â
The EU foreign policy chief further expressed his vocal support for âa negotiated two-state solutionâ to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in accordance with international law.
âThis 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,â he added.
Trump released his controversial deal on January 28, during an event at the White House, alongside Netanyahu, in Washington.
The so-called âVision for Peaceâ â which all Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected â bars Palestinian refugees from returning to their homeland while enshrines Jerusalem al-Quds as âIsraelâs undivided capitalâ and allows the regime to annex settlements and the Jordan Valley.
Addressing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his rejection of Trumpâs initiative, PNN further reports.
He said that the proposal would bring neither peace nor stability and would rather leave the Palestinians with a state resembling âSwiss Cheese.â
Meanwhile, a poll conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) found that 94 percent of Palestinian people are against the US initiative and only 4 percent support it.
According to the survey, the results of which were published on Tuesday, 64 percent of the Palestinians believe that the US plan should be met with an armed intifada (uprising).
(edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g)