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And What if the Trump Plan Should Work After All?

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We’ve been so busy rubbishing the Trump peace plan, which for now at least seems to be materializing as the “peace to prosperity” economic workshop in Bahrain next month, that we haven’t asked ourselves an important question. What if the Trump peace plan actually works?

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I don’t mean what happens if the plan proves to be the deal of the century and brings about the great breakthrough which will lead to a historic peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. No one except Donald Trump, who hasn’t even read the plan and probably never will, believes that is possible. Not even the plan’s actual authors, Jared Kushner and David Friedman, think that. But that isn’t what they would call success anyway.

As far as the authors of the plan are concerned, it’s not about delivering a just and equitable solution for the Palestinians. Success for them would be removing the Palestinians and their predicament from the international agenda at the lowest price possible. That price is a series of semi-autonomous enclaves in Gaza and, at the most, half the territory of the West Bank, and as much Saudi, Emirati and Qatari cash as it will take to keep them quiet.

Kushner and Friedman aren’t fools. They probably know that the chances of the Palestinians accepting this price are nil. But that isn’t their aim.

They’re not even trying to get the Palestinians interested. The Bahrain workshop was convened without even consulting them. They just got........

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