In this webinar recorded on February 20, 2020, CIE President and Emory University Professor Ken Stein provides important historical context for understanding the “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People.” The presentation features a number of maps representing previous attempts at creating a two state solution, reactions to the plan from various Arabic language press outlets, and answers to participants questions. On January 28, 2020, President Trump presented his long awaited plan for Palestinian-Israeli peace. The 181 page plan called for a two state solution, a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Jerusalem, including its Old City was to be in an undivided capital of Israel, with the Palestinians to place their capital in east Jerusalem. For Israel, it had Washinington’s sanction to annex almost all of the settlements (some 500,000 souls) and the strategic Jordan Valley territory lying between Israel and Jordan, but not until some manner of the plan had begun to be implemented. The dimensions of the proposed Palestinian state were significantly less than the entire WB, with large blocks of Israeli settlements remaining in place. Central to the plan was a 10 year $50 billion economic development element, primarily for Palestinian, Jordanian, and Egyptian, betterment, though the sources of the funds was not identified. For the Palestinian state to emerge, both the US and Israel would be a final judge of whether the Palestinians had implemented specific changes in their governance, poliical behavior, and ended Hamas’s violence toward Israel. The US unilaterally announced the plan with apparent Israeli but no Palestinian input. Arab and Islamic states opposed the plan, but not as strongly as they had opposed Egyptian President Sadat’s peace overtures and agreements with Israel in the 1970s.
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