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Trump’s ‘deal of century’ is unacceptable ‘surrender act’: Palestinian FM

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has dubbed ‘deal of the century’, the US President’s plan to end Israel-Palestinian conflict as unacceptable surrender act.

Riad Malki said that Trump’s plan was, in fact, the consecration of [Palestinians’] century-old ordeal.

Washington has not yet revealed the detail of the deal, which it says will be unveiling next month. And Israel has not officially reacted to the plan.

Earlier this month Mr Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is an architect of the plan, said the proposals will be a “framework… [which] will lead to both sides being much better off”.

It is unclear whether the two-state theory will be made the basis for the plan or not. As per the”two-state solution, the conflict will be resolved by creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel, with Jerusalem a shared capital.

The Palestinians and most of the international community support this approach in principle, while the Israeli leadership is cooler towards it.

Speaking at Chatham House think tank in London, Malki said all the indications were that “this [US] administration is preparing to give its stamp of approval to Israel’s colonial policies.

“When it comes to taking the lead on peace efforts, the world left the steering wheel in the hand of a reckless driver… with a view that we should wait till the reckless driver goes over a cliff or runs over the Palestinian people [before doing] something about it.”

The Palestinians often describe Israeli settlement and other activity in the occupied territories as a form of colonialism, a characterisation which Israel strongly rejects.

Israel has built about 140 settlements, home to more than 600,000 Jews, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since it occupied them in the 1967 Middle East war.