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Live: Israel cracks down on Trump plan protests
'Deal of the century' receiving condemnation and support as Palestinian leaders plot next move
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Palestinian leadership roundly reject plan
Mixed response from Israel's allies
Rumours of imminent annexation bill

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Morocco 'appreciates' Trump's Middle East plan
5 months ago

Morocco 'appreciates' the US plan to end the Israel-Palestinie conflict, its foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, but added that "acceptance by the parties... is... fundamental to the implementation and sustainability of the plan".

Kuwait said it "highly appreciates" the US efforts to end the conflict, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday. 

The statement, cited by the state news agency, reiterated Kuwait's commitment to an independent Palestinian state based on its borders before the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.
 

Egyptian official: Sisi's office watered down statement
5 months ago

An Egyptian official has said that a foreign ministry statement released shortly after Donald Trump unveiled his "deal of the century" was watered down after it was sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's office for approval.

The source told Mada Masr that the original draft text mentioned the establishment of a "Palestinian state on territories occupied in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital" - a phrase that was omitted in the final version.

The final statement also omitted a phrase from the initial draft that stipulated the "need for Israel to realise that achieving peace in the region will not happen without guaranteeing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people," the source said. 

Instead, the final statement used slightly less direct phrasing that pointed to the importance of "restoring to the Palestinian people their full legitimate rights through the establishment of a sovereign independent state in the Palestinian occupied territories in accordance with international legitimacy and resolutions."

Trump's deal deconstructed: The status of Al-Aqsa
5 months ago

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound has played a prominent role in previous peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian political leadership.

Trump's plan calls for the following:

1) "People of every faith" should be permitted to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound - raising questions on whether incursion of Israeli settlers in the area will be normalised, in violation of existing regulations.

2) Jerusalem should remain under the same "governance regimes that exist today" while remaining under Israel's full control of Jerusalem. 

3) Muslims who "come in peace" will be welcome to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Worshippers can visit the mosque via a "special tourism zone" in a future Palestinian state from Atarot - a few kilometres north of Jerusalem.

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound has long been a source of contention in the Israel-Palestine conflict (AFP)
Trump's deal deconstructed: A Palestinian state?
5 months ago

Trump said a Palestinian state can be established when the Palestinian Authority leadership does the following:

1) Accept Israel's new borders and recognise it as the Jewish state.

2) Fully demilitarise the occupied Palestinian territories

3) Remove Hamas from power in the besieged Gaza Strip.

4) Agree to Israeli security oversight on all its territory until Israel deems it ready for withdrawal.
Read more here on the facts and figures behind Trump's new deal.

Read more here on the facts and figures behind Trump's new deal. 

Palestinian Red Crescent: 41 wounded from Israeli fire across West Bank
5 months ago

Israeli soldiers had wounded at least 41 Palestinians protesting Trump's deal across the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Cross.  

Eight key moments of US support for Israel before Trump's 'deal of the century'
5 months ago

MEE's Washington correspondent Sheren Khalel takes us through the eight key moments of US support for Israel before Trump's deal of the century.

This includes the US recognising Israeli statehood in 1948 to using its veto power in the United Nations for the first time to protect Israeli from criticism. Read more here.