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Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Will Use Sanctions, Military Threats to Force Palestinian Acceptance

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Written by Whitney Webb; Originally appeared at Mint Press

The Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, owned by top Trump donor Sheldon Adelson, has published in Hebrew a leaked draft of the Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century” for the Israel-Palestine conflict. The draft was given to the newspaper by an official from Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which is currently headed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The plan, which has been drafted by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, is expected to be released this June after the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to Mondoweiss.

Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Will Use Sanctions, Military Threats to Force Palestinian Acceptance

President Donald Trump, left, turns to give a pen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, after signing a proclamation formally recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Other attending are, from left, White House adviser Jared Kushner, U.S. special envoy Jason Greenblatt, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israeli Ambassador to the U. S. Ron Dermer, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, March 25, 2019. Susan Walsh | AP

The draft plan published by Israel Hayom, while in keeping with many of the details that have been leaked to the press in past weeks and months, contains several new and troubling claims, including the Trump administration’s plan to force Palestinian leadership to accept the plan through threats of economic strangulation and military force.

For instance, if Palestinian leadership — such as the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Hamas — rejects the Trump administration’s “peace plan,” the United States will respond aggressively by ensuring that “no country in the world transfer money” to Palestine, which would apparently be accomplished through U.S. sanctions. With Palestine’s economy and the livelihood of many Palestinians dependent on foreign aid, such an act would amount to economic strangulation of the over 6 million Palestinians in the West Bank and around 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, if the PA accepts the plan but Gaza’s leadership — i.e., Hamas — rejects it, “the U.S. will back Israel to personally harm leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad” and the U.S. will hold Hamas fully responsible for any future “round of violence between Israel and Hamas,” regardless of the circumstances that initiate that violence. In other words, the Trump administration is willing to join a future war against the embattled Gaza Strip, described by the United Nations as an open-air prison that is already largely unlivable for its inhabitants and under a full blockade, if Hamas rejects the Trump administration’s plan for the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Thus, the draft plan states that the Trump administration’s tactic of negotiating with the Palestinians involves a combination of threats of economic destruction and military destruction aimed at bullying an already dispossessed people into accepting a plan that clearly favors their occupiers.

Creating a “new” Palestine

In addition to the Trump administration’s apparent game plan to force Palestinian compliance with the so-called “Deal of the Century,” the plan also calls for the creation of a demilitarized state of “New Palestine” that would be incredibly small, as the document calls for the Israeli annexation of the entirety of the Jordan Valley (around 30 percent of the West Bank) and the annexation of all illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which now cover well over half of what international law maintains is Palestinian territory.

This “new” state would be showered in aid from several countries, including the Gulf monarchies, European nations and the United States, allegedly amounting to $30 billion over the next five years. Most of the funding, according to the plan, will come from oil-producing Gulf states like Saudi Arabia. It is unclear whether “New Palestine” would be considered a sovereign state and whether it would be allowed to apply for full membership in the United Nations.

While the plan would allow “New Palestine” access to Jerusalem as a shared, undivided capital with Israel, Palestinians would be responsible for paying the state of Israel for their security because it would be forbidden from having its own army. In other words, Palestinians would be forced to pay the Israel Defense Force (IDF), the military force that has occupied the West Bank for over 50 years, to “protect” them despite the fact the Palestinians are regularly extrajudicially murdered by IDF soldiers. However, the apparent “concession” offered by the Trump administration in this regard would be allowing the “New Palestine” to maintain a police force with “light weaponry.”

In addition, the plan apparently concedes to some past Palestinian demands, such as the release of Palestinian prisoners over a three-year period. However, the draft of the plan published by Israel Hayom does not address Palestinian refugees or the right of return of those refugees in any capacity.

Outsourcing the destruction of Palestine

The fact that this draft of the plan was released to the Netanyahu- and Trump-aligned Israel Hayom by Israel’s Foreign Ministry — itself run by Netanyahu — strongly suggests that Israel’s government was ready to make the details of the plan known to the Israeli public. The draft, which was dismissed by at least one unnamed White House official as “speculative,” reveals an Israeli-centric plan that will likely be rejected by both Israeli right-wing hardliners and a majority of Palestinians.

However, Israel’s leadership is likely to accept the plan only because they know that the Palestinians will reject it, allowing them to blame the failure of the Trump administration-brokered “peace process” on the Palestinians.

Indeed, Dr. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, affirmed on Tuesday that the PA considered the “peace plan” as merely a pretext to a long-planned West Bank land grab by Israel and planned to reject the so-called “Deal of the Century. “If what we read is what is to be expected from this plan, then it seems that the objective of it is not a solution to the conflict, but to give pretext to the Israeli government to annex other portions [of the West Bank],” Mansour recently stated at UN headquarters.

Mansour added:

Some in the [Trump] administration, they think, ‘Yes, what will help peace is break the legs of the Palestinians, break one arm and five teeth, and when they are on the ground they will come crawling to you for anything you offer them.’ Those who think that way don’t know the Palestinians.”

The Palestinian plan to reject the Trump administration’s deal is no secret, with the outgoing French ambassador recently describing the plan as “dead on arrival.” This fact of assured rejection makes all the details of the plan irrelevant, save for the part of the plan that deals with “penalties” for the Palestinians if they reject the plan.

Those penalties should draw the most concern as the “peace plan” is made public, as it harkens coming U.S. military involvement in a future war between Israel and Gaza –regardless of whether that war is initiated by Gazans or Israelis — as well as extreme economic hardship on the West Bank through U.S. sanctions.

Netanyahu has made no secret of the fact that he does not want the two-state solution provided in this U.S. plan, even if the Palestinian “state” is demilitarized and minuscule. However, if the Palestinians reject the plan — as he knows they will — the United States will do the work of further destroying Palestine for him by committing to a future U.S. invasion of Gaza and to the economic strangulation of the West Bank. These “penalties” will allow Israel’s government to blame Palestinians for their own foreign-imposed hardship while giving Netanyahu’s government leeway to fulfill its long-standing goal of “conquering” the Gaza Strip and completely annexing the entirety of the West Bank.

As Mansour noted, the “peace plan” is indeed a pretext, but for far more than a land grab. Instead, it is a pretext for outsourcing the destruction of Palestine to the United States under the cover of a “peace process” that no diplomats — in Israel, Palestine or elsewhere — have at any point taken seriously since the early days of the Trump administration.

Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.

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  • alejandro casalegno

    New Palestine? ……..Old Bantustan!!!!

  • You can call me Al

    Scum.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Yes indeed, and again the US Goyim will be dying for the cowardly Israeli IDF in another despicable conflict.

      • RichardD

        Increasing numbers of Americans are coming to the same conclusion. Which is how Trump got elected. And he then did a 180 and threw his base under the bus for the vermin Jews. To keep them from throwing him out of office, and possibly in jail in the process.

        • Jongle Wongle

          No. The pricks could have voted Green, for example. Or come up with some other candidate. The Zionist dog, Trump, said he was a Zionist before polling day.

  • klove and light

    what else to expect……and expect more to come…alot more…including the use of nuclear weapons on Iran….the only way for them to beat Iran militarily….in an conventional war….. even the USA would get ist ass kicked majorly by Iran in an conventional war……..ofcourse thats common sense…..Iran is a very very big Country of 80 Million+…..any attack by us Forces will have to be with carrier Groups or from bases from gulf countriey or Afghanistan…any way.. all attacks are “JUST” air attacks…….and with just air attacks……it is IMPOSSIBLE to win a war.against a Nation…. again common sense…….but BUT !! those carrier Groups and bases CAN be destroyed.. and will be destroyed…which leaves no other Option but a nuclear attack…..and thats the Game-plan of the jew……….in this regards..remember the murder of the U.S Admiral in charge of Military in gulf??? What Kind of commander would give his green light for an attack against Iran, knowing very well, that those u.s ships will be sunk, ? they would´nt…ps. during the bush era, an Admiral went into Pension because he and i Quote ” want Nothing to do with an attack on Iran”…..knowing very well….that an attack on Iran is a pure game of goading….wanting to go nuclear but needing enough U.S. Forces to die to sell a nuclear attack to the stupid degenrate US Population!!!! sick fucks…..
    U.S.S. LIBERTY 2.0 thats the game plan……

    • Aphrodisia

      If they try to conduct a nuclear strike on Iran you will see multiple mushroom clouds over America.

  • Rob

    The Trump CIA deal is to support global terrorists to let them to do suicide explosion in the world.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0648b1d1b716c5350d841b5b82159b27b87d69c6e787c8e6ba0a3894cf86d8a.jpg

    • Zaphod Braden

      That picture is BACKWARD.
      tRUMP is the PET on a leash with Israel’s dick up his ass.

  • iosongasingsing

    America’s next deal will be to restore slavery to please the chosen people. Sheldon Adelson feeds on the hatred of the Jews of the Talmud and Halakhah against gentiles Palestinians: Christians and muslims. He said: “Muslims want to kill 100 percent of Jews, they do not want Jews or members of any other religion to remain alive “. Latters of the Jew of the most shameful. The USA are puppets of the Jews and together they want to dominate the world.

    • Zaphod Braden

      When the very foundations of a “religion, tribe,nation” are based on the enslavement, genocide, and dispossession of all other People, and the group continues to follow that path no matter the setbacks and punishments(holocaust),you better believe I consign them to perdition.
      https://mondoweiss.net/2019/04/israeli-military-praising/
      Israeli rabbis at military prep school are caught on video praising Hitler
      News Jonathan Ofir on April 30, 2019 20 Comments
      Yesterday, Israeli Channel 13 aired video recordings by rabbi educators at the state-sponsored military prep-academy Bnei David in the West Bank settlement of Eli. The rabbis hail Hitler’s Nazi racist ideology as “100% correct,” only criticizing it for not being applied to the right people – that is, the Jews should be the master-race, and non-Jews the ‘untermenschen’.
      The statements are jaw-droppers. The full coverage with subtitles can be seen in a video prepared by journalist David Sheen.
      These educators send young men to the army, and have been advocating these ideas for years. They have close ties to lawmakers, specifically to Rabbi Rafi Peretz, now head of the Union of Right Wing Parties, the notorious merger with the Kahanist party Jewish Power, who is now the leading candidate for Minister of Education. The academy is also tied to a Yeshiva, to which many students come after their military service.
      Slavery should return
      It starts out with Rabbi Eliezer Kashtiel, who bemoans that slavery has been abolished:
      Abolishing legal slavery has created deficiencies. No one is responsible for that property. With God’s help it will return. The goyim (non-Jews) will want to be our slaves. Being a slave of the Jews is the best. They must be slaves, they want to be slaves. Instead of just wandering the streets, being foolish and harming each other, now he’s a slave, now his life is beginning to come into order.

    • Zaphod Braden

      “The USA are puppets of the Jews and together”
      The “together” is your mistake.
      The GOYIM are to deliver the World to the CHOSEN and then “ACCEPT THEIR SERVITUDE”.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    This is not the USA’s first “DEAL OF THE CENTURY”. Their first Deal of the Century was in 1914 to use sanctions, military action and genocide to force the indigenous Central Europeans to accept dishonorable defeat and to be an occupied people for eternity.
    Because we all let them get away with this, they keep using this same recipe they used against those indigenous tribes and now they just recycle the same recipe against others.
    Until this historic wrong is made right, we will all continue to suffer.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Putin must stop receiving this low level Russian critique obese gay Pompeo and Bolton. Their give fake laugh when their come to Kremlin and start attacking when leaving Russia. Most recently same crooks were telling Russia to leave Venezuela. Just the fact that their come and make agreements with Russia their think their are USA President and are above Russian senior official.

  • Garga

    The deal is so great, they have to force it by threats and sanctions. Imagine using the same tactic when “negotiating” to get married with your significant other, it’ll bring you a lifetime of joy and happiness.

    The article mentioned that according to the leak, Israel will keep the occupied lands, but didn’t say that Israel will also takes all the lands which is “necessary” to connect them to the main body of land. As you know, in West Bank wherever there’s a good and arable land with water and such they occupied and built a settlement, Kibbutz or something, there are hundreds of such islands. yet another tempting point for Palestinians in the deal, I think at the end of the day, by accepting the deal Palestinians have to give more lands to Israel than they originally had, even before 1948.

    Gotta say it, Trump and his handlers are so just and fair, to maintain balance they even threatened that if Israel doesn’t accept the deal ,the US will cut some part of their aid to it.

  • verner

    nah jared kushner has some lofty ideas but he’s more likely to swing from a lamppost in jeddah than that his nefarious deal with netanyahu ever will come to fruition – just a couple of parties that will sign off on it, say guaido in venezuela and brazil and possibly canada and one or two more. the rest, eu, china and eurasian union no way. any such deal would have to be acknowledge by a majority of the world’s countries so it’s a non starter.

  • Xoli Xoli

    All USA NATO and Israel rulers same shit different smell.

  • Zaphod Braden

    Israel has no “right” to exist.
    Why do Western Nations support the ORIGINAL nazis?

    They worship a Tribal WAR GOD …..
    They invented genocide 3,000 years ago and codified it into their biblical roots.
    Israel has been attacking CHRISTianity for 2,000 years
    They instigated the Roman pogroms against the first Christians.
    They instigated Muslims to attack peaceful Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land which lead to the Crusades..
    Donmah/Turkish Jews instigated the Armenian SHOAH of 1.5Million Christians..
    Jewish Bolsheviks engineered the Ukrainian SHOAH, a HOLOCAUST of 60millions of Christians..
    Dump the YOKE of “WWII guilt” ……. Jews are conducting TWO genocides RIGHT NOW
    Jews instigate and aggravate the genocidal muslum invasion of Christian Europe to clear population so Israel can steal MORE land for “GREATER” Israel…..
    We are witnessing the SECOND, slow motion, Israeli SHOAH of the People of Palestine..
    They brag about the First SHOAH the Canaanites/Amorites/Philistines/Midianites/PALESTINIANS who were in PALESTINE long before ABRAHAM passed through from Babylon/Ur ……Israel’s “claim” to Palestine is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.
    “israel” is founded on Genocide, Sexual Enslavement, Conquest and War Crime. Therefore “israel” has no Right or Argument for existing. Actually, ALL Humanity should be united in repulsing “israel”.

    For 70+ years holocaust scorn and guilt has been used to destroy Western Christianity by the very people who ORIGINATED genocide.
    “The Holocaust is the Holy Grail of white guilt.”
    The Jews BRAG about and self document their “holocausting” others and then “PLACE A YOKE” on Gentiles for supposedly doing the same to them.
    Everything they claim the nazis did is an EXACT COPY of their own self-recorded acts/history..
    Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”

    KILL THE SICK and CRIPPLED
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4 (Being “put out of camp was a Death Sentence0.
    KILL HOMOSEXUALS & UNDESIRABLES
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    KILL ALL DISSIDENTS:(Hitler COPIED Moses ordering anyone who questioned him be murdered)
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    DEHUMANIZE and then EXTERMINATE ALL NON-MEMBERS:
    SEXUALLY ENSLAVE any females “who have not KNOWN a man”
    a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    OCCUPY YOUR VICTIM’S DWELLINGS/LAND
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    GENOCIDE CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    TERRORISM CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
    TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
    YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
    Israel a SOCIALIST state.
    Nazis a SOCIALIST state.
    And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)

  • PJ London

    They don’t keep their plans secret :

    11. “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.
    12. “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.” – Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.
    13. “We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel… Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.” Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces – Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot 13 April 1983, New York Times 14 April 1983.
    16. “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” Israel Koenig, “The Koenig Memorandum”