Carter condemns the "deal of the century" plan and urges the world to reject it

Former US President Jimmy Carter said Thursday, January 30, 2020 that President Donald Trump's peace plan between the Palestinians and Israel violates international law and urged the United Nations to prevent Israel from annexing the Palestinian territories.

"The new American plan undermines the prospects for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians," Carter said in a statement.

Carter added in his statement, "If implemented (the deal of the century), the plan will eliminate the only viable solution to this long-term conflict, which is the two-state solution."

The US president, who became famous for sponsoring the Camp David agreement between Egypt and Israel in 1979, urged UN member states to "abide by UN Security Council resolutions and reject any unilateral Israeli implementation of the proposal to seize more Palestinian land."

His office said in a statement that Trump's plan, unveiled on Tuesday, "violates international law regarding self-determination, the acquisition of territory by force, and the annexation of occupied territories."

"By describing Israel as the national state of the Jewish people, the plan also encourages the denial of equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel," the statement said.

Trump presented his long-awaited plan on Tuesday, 28 January 2020 alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump's close ally, who shortly indicated he would seek to annex a large part of the West Bank.

Trump's plan proposes Israeli sovereignty over its settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, as well as occupied, undivided Jerusalem, while supporting the establishment of a non-contiguous, demilitarized and sovereign Palestinian state, with its capital outside the apartheid wall that surrounds Jerusalem, in exchange for the Palestinians giving up the right to return or compensate the refugees, Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jews.

It is noteworthy that Carter has long talked about the necessity of the Palestinians achieving their hopes for freedom, ending the occupation and decent living, warning in many books that he wrote about this issue from Israel heading towards the rule of apartheid as the rule of Abhartiyad in South Africa before its liberation a year from the apartheid in 1991.

Since his defeat in the 1980 elections against Ronald Reagan, Carter has been subjected to smear campaigns by Israel and its supporters in the United States because of positions against Israeli settlement in the occupied territories.


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