The upshot of the Trump administration’s Middle East plan was predictable for two reasons: the composition of President Trump’s Middle East team, mainly extreme supporters of Israel’s illegal colonial settlements; and the steps taken during the past three years that contradict the most basic U.S. commitments to the Middle East peace process, starting with U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the endorsement of the annexation of further occupied Palestinian territory.
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said on Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign promise to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank could exacerbate the situation in the region.
The inalienable right of the people of Palestine to self-determination is indisputable. It has a solid basis in international law, UN resolutions and enjoys overall international legitimacy. Yet, the Palestinian right to self-determination has been systemically denied for decades as a result of Israel’s occupation, and the international community has not assumed its responsibility to fulfill this fundamental right. A significant step in that direction is the recognition of the State of Palestine. This question and answer document highlights this important matter for justice, peace and security.