A Candid Take on the Middle East Peace Plan

Jerusalem Sunset Al Aqsa Mosque Israel
Jerusalem Old Town Cityscape of Temple Mount at Sunset. View of the Holy Land with the iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque – Golden Dome of the Rock- and Bell Tower of Church of the Redeemer, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Old Town City Wall. Jerusalem Old Town, Israel, Middle East.

By Robert Richer

Robert Richer served as a former Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the CIA.  He retired in 2005 and before his retirement he also served as Chief of the Near East and South Asia Division, responsible for Clandestine Service Operations throughout the Middle East and South Asia. Mr. Richer currently consults on Middle East and national security issues and is a senior partner with International Advisory Partners.

Last week, The White House announced President Donald Trump’s vision for a ‘comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.’ The White House refers to it as a peace to prosperity plan but it has its shortcomings, namely that the Palestinians weren’t involved in its drafting and rejected the plan almost as soon as it was announced.  In fact, the Palestinian Authority was so outraged that it moved on Saturday to sever ties with both the U.S. and Israel.

The European Union, too, expressed ‘major reservations’ about the proposal, saying it doesn’t meet “internationally agreed parameters” on important issues including the location of borders.  The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell said he remains committed to a “negotiated two-State solution, based on 1967 lines, with equivalent land swaps, as may be agreed between the parties, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition.”

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