US Israel-Palestinian peace plan 'a surrender act' - Palestinian FM

Israeli forces run towards Palestinian protesters

Israeli forces run towards Palestinian protesters

The Palestinian foreign minister has branded the anticipated U.S. plan for ending the Israel-Palestinian conflict an unacceptable "surrender act".

Greenblatt, the Trump administration's special representative for worldwide negotiations, has been working alongside Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and close adviser, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, for more than two years on a plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Al-Maliki warned that the USA peace plan "is in fact the consecration of our century-old ordeal: no independence, no sovereignty, no freedom and no justice".

As some users lauded the striker's humanitarian efforts, they made mention of other celebrities that, in their opinion, fell short in this respect. "We've sought out advice from everybody, but we haven't shared what's in the plan", Greenblatt said.

Dialogue between Washington and the Palestinians collapsed after Trump announced he would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem-the disputed holy city claimed by Israel as its capital and by the Palestinians as the capital of a future independent state.

The Palestinians and most of the global community support this approach in principle, while the Israeli leadership is cooler towards it.

The plan has been described by Palestinians such as Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, as being "dead on arrival".

Israel has not officially taken a position towards the plan.

Al-Maliki also criticised the U.S. administration for preparing to give "its stamp of approval to Israel's colonial policies". There are a handful of people in the world who know what's in it.

"We disagree with the view that we should wait till he goes over a cliff or runs over the Palestinian people to do something about it", al-Maliki said.

Inferring that acceptance of the Trump plan would be "capitulation", the foreign minister said the Palestinians would "never be ready to sign a surrender act".

"If people struggling against oppression across history surrendered to the odds, they will all be in chains today. We have defied the odds many times before and we will again", al-Maliki said.

Al-Maliki pointed to an op-ed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman published in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week, which supported Trump's decision to recognize the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

Defeating colonialism, apartheid and achieving peace "cannot be our goal alone", al-Maliki added.

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