Palestine slammed an Israeli media report which reveals purported details of U.S. President Donald Trump's undisclosed Middle East peace plan.
The report is based on information received during a briefing in Washington by "a senior American" official.
Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt deemed the Israeli television report about the US Middle East settlement plan inaccurate, and stressed that only official statements issued by US authorities were to be trusted.
While the misery imparted on the more than six million Palestinians in Israel and the occupied and besieged territories in 2018 was enthusiastically meted out by the state of Israel, like it has seemingly enjoyed doing so every year since 1967, these new levels of despair for the Palestinian people were realised largely because of the egregious policies of the current USA administration. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City, as the capital of a future state.
The outlet noted that the U.S. administration planned to roll out the paper several weeks ago but made a decision to put the move off until after the Israeli parliamentary elections, scheduled for 9 April. It had been believed that President Trump did not release the plan as a courtesy to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who is facing a tough re-election battle on April 9.
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The Palestinian Authority has already rejected the deal.
He said attempts to find parties willing to cooperate with such plans "will face a deadlock because the only address for peace is the Palestinian leadership".
In December 2018, the Palestinian Authority "presidential office" stressed that Mahmoud Abbas was to have "urgent conversations" with Arab and global bodies about "the risky Israeli escalation", which among other things Abbas's office said is being expressed by "the defilement of the holy sites". The report says the deal also allows Israel to extend its control into unspecified areas of the West Bank in exchange for current Israeli territory.
Meanwhile, the White House dismissed the Israeli news report about the proposal as mere speculation.
"Speculation about the content of the plan is not helpful Very few people on the planet know what is in it. for now", Greenblatt wrote.