דונלד טראמפ ובנימין נתניהו בחשיפת תוכנית המאה
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump unveiling the 'Deal of the Century' peace plan
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump unveiling the 'Deal of the Century' peace plan

Ex-Euro leaders say Trump plan akin to 'apartheid'

In a letter published by The Guardian, 50 former foreign ministers slam the proposal, which they say 'recognizes one side's claims to Jerusalem and offers no solution to issue of Palestinian refugees’

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Published: 02.27.20 , 18:40
Fifty former European prime ministers and foreign ministers have condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan in an open letter, saying it would create an apartheid-like situation in the West Bank.
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  • In the letter published by British newspaper The Guardian, the former ministers rejected Trump's plan for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, which was announced in January and proposes a two-state solution.
    דונלד טראמפ ובנימין נתניהו בחשיפת תוכנית המאה דונלד טראמפ ובנימין נתניהו בחשיפת תוכנית המאה
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump unveiling the 'Deal of the Century' peace plan
    (Photo: gettyimages)
    "Trump's blueprint risks fuelling the conflict at the expense of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians, by annexing large parts of occupied Palestine territory under permanent Israeli military control and is not a legitimate solution," they wrote.
    "The plan envisages a formalisation of the current reality in the occupied Palestinian territory, in which two peoples are living side by side without equal rights. Such an outcome has characteristics similar to apartheid - a term we don't use lightly," they said.
    הפגנה נגד עסקת המאה בבאקה אל-גרבייההפגנה נגד עסקת המאה בבאקה אל-גרבייה
    Israeli-Arab from the village of Baqa al-Gharbiyye protesting against the Trump peace plan
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "It recognizes only one side's claims to Jerusalem and offers no just solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees," they added.
    Fifty politicians, including former French prime minister and foreign minister Dominique de Villepin, former German foreign minister and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, Britain's former foreign secretary Jack Straw and Ireland's former president Mary Robinson signed the letter.
    Other signatories included former ministers or leaders of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
    הפגנה של מחנה השלום בתל אביבהפגנה של מחנה השלום בתל אביב
    A Tel Aviv rally against the peace plan
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi )
    "Considering the urgency of the situation, we call on Europe to reject the U.S. plan as a basis for negotiations and to take immediate and effective steps to counter the threat of annexation - and thereby preserve the international rules-based order," they said.
    Earlier this week, the Pope also appeared to criticise the plan, warning against "inequitable solutions" to the conflict.

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