Trump Peace Plan Will Divide Jerusalem

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Arutz Sheva: Will the “Deal of the Century” peace plan of the Trump administration demand far-reaching concessions from Israel?

Hadashot 13 reported that the peace plan formulated by the White House and which President Trump is interested in presenting in the coming months includes the establishment of a Palestinian state in about 90 percent of Judea and Samaria, with at least part of eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

The report, which was quoted from an American source, said that the Americans would demand that isolated settlements outside the blocs not be expanded and outposts considered illegal by Israeli law be evacuated. more …

Opinion: I told myself not to get involved until the formal announcement, but this is the second leak about dividing Jerusalem that, once again, places the Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem. This could well be a trial balloon.

All the major Israeli websites are reporting:

JPost: “Regarding Jerusalem, the report stated that the city would be divided, with west Jerusalem and some areas of east Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and east Jerusalem – including most of the Arab neighborhoods – the capital of a Palestinian state.

“Israel would retain sovereignty over the Old City and its immediate environs, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, but it would be administered together with the Palestinians, Jordanians and perhaps other countries.”

Tines of Israel: “the Americans anticipate that the Palestinians will reject the proposal in its current form; Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority has been boycotting the Trump administration since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017. It said that the administration expects Israel, by contrast, to say yes to the proposal”.

Rapid-fire responses:

Israel’s New Right Party said it would not be part of a government that would agree to a two-state solution with Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority said that “any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state – with all of East Jerusalem as its capital – on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail.”

The ownership of Jerusalem was decided in the blessing that Isaac gave to his twin sons Jacob and Esau 3500 years ago:

To Jacob:

May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.”
Genesis 27:28-29 NIV

To Esau:

“Your dwelling will be
    away from the earth’s richness,
    away from the dew of heaven above.
40 You will live by the sword
    and you will serve your brother.
But when you grow restless,
    you will throw his yoke
    from off your neck.” Genesis 27:39-40 NIV

 “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Genesis 27:41

Esau’s descendants are still trying.

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  1. If I’m not mistaken, the divided Jerusalem plan has been proposed at least twice. Every time it is flatly rejected by the PA.
    If it passes this time, I suspect fireworks will follow soon after.

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