Three years in the making, Trump’s Deal of the Century is not what we were promised. Many were disappointed and are now complaining.
Before, many wondered how one could make a Deal with the Palestinians if they’re not at the table. How can that be fair? Now, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggests that the Arab Palestinian leadership comes up “with a counteroffer.” This shows what Trump’s Peace Plan is all about.
It’s merely a better presentation of Israel’s needs. It merely breaks the all-inclusive mantra outside of Israel that Israel just needs to allow for an Arab Palestinian State at the West Bank of the Jordan River and all will be fine.
So, the Deal of the Century is not a deal at all. It’s neither a peace plan. It is rather, telling the world the legitimate needs of the Jewish State. And that the Arab Palestinian People can have all they want, a State and prosperity, if they’d “only” overthrow their Jew-hatred and autocratic corrupt leaders.
On top of this, there is a ME lack of democracy (no real elections, freedom of the press, equality for the law, human rights, etc.), all around Israel.
On the one hand, that gives temporary relief where the regime is more-or-less friendly to Israel but the population would like to kill all Jews today still (Jordan, Egypt, PA). On the other hand, it is an outright economic disaster where the regime and the population both would like to kill all Jews today still (Gaza, Syria) and where the regime would like to kill all Jews today still but the population would not (Lebanon, Iran). It’s a mess.
But secondly, it gives the false impression that in the near future, an Arab Palestinian State would be possible on the West Bank. Netanyahu knows that there is no Arab Palestinian willingness to come even close to meet any of the conditions for such statehood, so he happily signed on to it.
However, by incorporating this nonsense, the narrative became unreal and dangerous. It keeps everyone fruitlessly talking about the “Occupation” and a third (on top of Gaza and Jordan) Arab Palestinian State.
Jews outside of Israel and Gentile leaders there who are friends of Israel, not inhibited by too much ME knowledge, for decades, have been harping on a Two-State Solution. Two Sates, living side-by-side in peace, security, and prosperity. While the problems are not at all the West Bank and not a need for an Arab Palestinian State. The problem is a centuries-old hatred for Jews which is not defeated like Nazism and old Christianity in WW II.
It’s not a deal or plan of the century. It’s partly useful in presenting Israel’s needs. But it is not perfect in that. It’s merely a stepping stone for better Israeli PR but not for 100 years to come. Maybe for five years.
Yet, thirdly, it played with the Israeli mind, which has a memory as a goldfish. Left and right here had already agreed that an Arab Palestinian State on the West Bank was not viable and that (the real) population figures show that locally, Jews are becoming increasingly more numerous than the Muslims. Therefore, the new consensus was to annex most of the West Bank and give the Muslims living there a path to citizenship.
With bombastic and euphoric celebrations, the overdone reception of Trump’s narrative has overridden this what-to-do-next idea. Bad stuff.
Last but not least, the staging of the Deal of the Century was a PR stunt, two Stay Out of Jail Free cards for the political leaders of Israel and the US.
And this is all there is. Better PR for Israel, Bibi and the Donald. Keeping the false impression that a new Arab Palestinian State were possible and to bring bliss. And stopping Israel from annexing most of the West Bank.
Meanwhile, as part of its ongoing disinformation about the lack of peace in the Middle East, the former Palestinian Post now falsely reports that Israeli-Arab cities laugh and joke about the Trump plan to transfer them to a future Arab Palestinian State. Rather, really they are furious about it