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Are Turkey, Russia possible peace brokers for the Palestine-Israel conflict?

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The Palestinians have realised that American President Donald Trump is seeking to solely bolster Israel and to utterly isolate the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). When the Trump administration closed the Palestinian mission in Washington in 2018, Palestinian leaders described the decision as “a declaration of war” on peace efforts. And when the administration relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem against all international agreements and UN resolutions, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Donald Trump replaces international law with the “law of the jungle”. More vehemently, PA President Mahmoud Abbas accused the US of no longer being qualified to act as peace broker.

Since then, the Palestinian leadership hasn’t shown any indication that it’s seeking an alternative peace broker that can fill the vacuum of the American administration. This inability to find a substitute peace mediator can be attributed to a number of reasons. Firstly, the unequivocal reluctance of the Israelis and especially the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to abandon the “heavenly gift” called Donald Trump, who unhesitatingly gives Israel without asking for return. Secondly, the current United Nations structure is entirely impotent to challenge the American will and seek other routes to broker bilateral negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And finally, the unjustified hesitation of the Palestinian Authority to depart from the orbit of the Americans, fearing more sanctions and collective punishment, the same as those imposed on UNRWA.

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