"How blessed are those who make peace! for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9

The Trump Peace Plan - 2020

Following on from several Roadmaps and the Oslo Agreement, comes the plan from US President Donald Trump and his team.

See also, below, "Annexation" - a process somehow intertwined with this latest peace plan.

Abraham Accords

As for previous attempts at finding peace, the Palestinian leadership was saying "NO-NO-NO" even before the plan was published. But this plan is radically different from previous plans.

The plan recognises Israel's position.

It holds out help for the Palestinians to secure a state for themselves in peace and prosperity, but does not permit them to carry on seeking to destroy Israel as the state of the Jews.

It is hard to see the plan being accepted by the Palestinians - but what are the implications and likely outcomes for the future? The author is not qualified to explain, but below are condensed versions of three helpful articles on the subject, from BICOM, Caroline Glick, Melanie Philips and some prayer pointers from Shira Sorko-Ram of Maoz.

Wildolive's intention is to extract the essentials from these articles to give an overview. Please watch this space.


US President Donald Trump published his vision for Israeli-Palestinian peace alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The plan, outlined in a 180 page report, calls for a two-state solution (Israel and a future Palestine) with Israel retaining all of its current West Bank settlements, all of Jerusalem including the holy sites, and security control over the entire West Bank.
• The capital of the Palestinian state will be in “eastern Jerusalem,” in neighbourhoods beyond Israel’s security barrier. The Palestinian state may eventually encompass some 70 per cent of the West Bank, with land swaps in Israel’s southern Negev region and inside the pre-1967 armistice lines. At least 15 Israeli settlements will remain as enclaves inside the future Palestinian state.
• The establishment of a Palestinian state within four years will be contingent on several conditions being met, including disarming Hamas, the Palestinian Authority taking control in Gaza, an end to incitement to violence and the policy of of payments to jailed terrorists and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state including in its expanded borders. The issue of Palestinian refugees was not addressed in detail but the plan said a compensation fund would be created.
• Both President Trump, and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, indicated that the US would recognise the application of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley.
• Netanyahu hailed the agreement as an “historic opportunity,” while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a “conspiracy” that he rejected outright. Ambassadors from Oman, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates attended the event at the White House. UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba said in a statement: “The only way to guarantee a lasting solution is to reach an agreement between all concerned parties. The UAE believes that Palestinians and Israelis can achieve lasting peace and genuine coexistence with the support of the international community. The plan announced today offers an important starting point for a return to negotiations within a US-led international framework.”

• Crisis Group CEO Robert Malley and Aaron David Miller write in Politico that the US plan does two things: firstly it gives Israel everything it wants and tries to buy the Palestinians out with the promise of $50 billion in assistance; and secondly it is a manifestation of an ever-expanding and ever-more aggressive attempt of Trump to erase traditional rules and impose new ones.

Caroline Glick

Caroline Glick served as a captain in the IDF from 1994 to 1996, as a member of Israel’s negotiating team with the PLO. Those years were the heyday of the so-called peace process. As the coordinator of negotiations on civil affairs for the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza,she participated in all of the negotiating sessions with the Palestinians that led to a half a dozen or so of agreements, including the Interim or Oslo B agreement from September 28, 1995, which transferred civil and military authorities in Judea and Samaria to the PLO.

Throughout that time she never found any reason to believe the peace process would lead to peace. The same Palestinian leaders who joked in fancy meeting rooms in Cairo and Taba breached every commitment they made to Israel the minute the sessions ended.

The PLO failed to amend its covenant that called for Israel’s destruction in nearly every paragraph;

They refused to abide by the limits they had accepted on the number of weapons and security forces they were permitted to field in the areas under their security control.

They continually breaches of zoning and building laws and regulations.

They maintained their constant Nazi-like anti-Semitic propaganda and incitement and solicitation of terrorism against Israel

It was self-evident they were negotiating in bad faith. They didn’t want peace with Israel. They were using the peace process to literally take Israel apart piece by piece.
Israel’s leaders shrugged it off. Instead of protesting and cutting off contact until Yasser Arafat and his henchmen ended their perfidious behavior, Israel’s leaders ignored what was happening before their faces. And in a way, they had no option of doing anything else.

 When Israel embarked on the Oslo peace process it accepted Oslo’s foundational assumption that Israel is to blame for the Palestinian war against it.

From the first Oslo agreement, signed on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, through all its derivative deals, Israel was required to carry out “confidence-building measures,” to prove its good faith and peaceful intentions to Arafat and his deputies.
Time after time, Israel was required to release terrorists from prison as a precondition for negotiations with the PLO. The goal of those negotiations in turn was to force Israel to release more terrorists from prison, and give more land, more money, more international legitimacy and still more terrorists to the PLO.

Now this state of affairs has ended.

Trump announced that the United States will support an Israeli decision to apply its laws to the Jordan Valley and the Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria.

 What would the boundaries of the settlements be?
The map, it isn’t precise, so it can be flexibly interpreted but it was developed in consultation with Israeli government experts.

Is the area called E1, which connects the city of Maaleh Adumim to Jerusalem inside the map? Yes.

What about themassive illegal building right outside the northern entrance to Efrat, south of Jerusalem in Gush Etzion. That threatens to turn Efrat’s highway access road into a gauntlet.? It will be under Israeli jurisdiction.

How about the isolated communities – Yitzhar, Itamar, Har Bracha? Are they Israel? Yes.
The map foresees Israel applying its sovereignty to about half of Area C.

What about the other half? Without control of the surrounding areas, the communities in Judea and Samaria will be under constant threat. Their development will be stifled by limitations on the development of critical infrastructure.
For now, verything in the rest of Area C will be governed as it has been up until now. Israel will have overriding civilian powers and sole security authority.

Israel will have permanent overriding security authority over all of Judea and Samaria, even after a peace agreement is concluded.

The Palestinians have four years to agree to the President’s plan. To reach a deal they have to agree to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

They have to accept Israeli control over the airspace and the electromagnetic spectrum.

They have agree to a demilitarized state and accept that there will be no Palestinian immigration to Israel from abroad.

They have to agree to Israeli sovereignty over the border with Jordan.

They have to disarm Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and demilitarize Gaza.

If they do that, we will recognize them as a state and they will receive the rest of Area C. - If they don’t agree then at the end of four years, Israel will no longer be bound by the terms of the deal and will be free to apply its law to all areas it requires.

The Trump plan is a mirror image of Oslo. Rather than Israel being required to prove its good will, the Palestinians are required to prove their commitment to peace.

Under Oslo rules, Israel was supposed to release terrorists as a confidence building measure to facilitate the opening of negotiations - Under the Trump deal, Israel is expected to release terrorists only after the Palestinians have returned all of the Israeli prisoners and MIAs and only after a peace deal has been signed.

Whereas Israel was required under Oslo to release murderers, the Trump deal states explicitly that Israel will not release murderers or accessories to murder.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East “deal of the century” offers the Palestinians a state. They have rejected it and threatened instead to ramp up violence against Israel. They did the same in 1937, 1947, 2000, 2008 and 2014.

But this isn’t a deal. It’s an ultimatum.
Israel intends to enact its part in the plan unilaterally by declaring sovereignty over the Israeli settlement blocs and the Jordan Valley. The United States will accept this. because this isn’t a “peace process” in which both sides must progress in tandem with each other — a process that gave the Palestinians an effective veto even while they continued to wage their war of extermination against Israel.
For the first time, here’s an American plan that puts the security of Israel first and foremost. It’s therefore the first time that the United States has unequivocally supported Israel’s future existence.
For if a country cannot defend itself against enemies sworn to liquidate it, that country can’t survive. Yet until now, even U.S. administrations supposedly sympathetic to Israel imposed upon it requirements that undermined its security and defense against attack.
Other supposed allies, such as Britain or the European Union, have also paid mere lip service to Israel while denying the validity of its claim to the disputed territories in Judea and Samaria. Yet its claim to these territories is legal many times over, both under international laws of self-defense and through the international community’s decision in the 1920s to designate the whole of Palestine as the homeland of the Jews alone.
By denying Israel’s right to all the land, Britain and the rest of the west have effectively undermined the Jews’ entitlement to any of it.
The Trump plan has now swept aside that appeasement of evil, started by the British in the 1930s and which has been pursued by the American and Western foreign-policy establishment ever since.
Yet this proposal is far from being one-sided. On the contrary, it generously provides the Palestinians with a route to a state of their own consisting of most of the disputed territories (with sovereignty less limited than the conditions imposed by the allies on Germany after World War II). It is a highly detailed map for a two-state solution.

Jared Kushner, one of the architects of this plan, says it’s the Palestinians’ last opportunity for a state. But this assumes they want a state - which, of course, they don’t. That demand has always been a ruse to destroy Israel.
That’s why the Palestinians have always refused previous offers of a state and turned to violence instead; whereupon Israel has been pressured to offer them still more concessions. And that’s why the “peace process” has been in fact an engine of perpetual conflict.
Now the Palestinians’ bluff has been called. Once again they are responding with threats of more violence, because there are no circumstances in which they will ever accept the right of the Jews to their own ancestral homeland.
Increasingly shunned by the Arab world, their one hope of keeping alive this war of extermination lies in the support they continue to receive from the liberal west: Britain, the E.U. and increasing numbers of U.S. Democrats.

The morally bankrupt equivalence between victim and aggressor has kept this war going. It has now been repudiated by the Trump peace plan. But the war of extermination against Israel will stop only if the rest of the west now ends its tacit support for it.

It will end only if the west stops funding it and instead makes all aid to the Palestinians conditional on ending their institutionalized incitement to violence against Jews, the salaries they pay the families of those who murder Israelis and their glorification of terrorism.
It will end only if the “human rights” community that wages “lawfare” against Israel is now exposed as the sham that it is for hijacking the language, eviscerating the concepts of law and justice and grotesquely turning “human rights” into murderous wrongs.
Perhaps the Trump plan’s most important achievement is to put on record the truth about the Jews’ unique rights to the land of Israel. As it states, the areas that Israel is being asked to yield to the Palestinians nevertheless constitute “territory to which Israel has asserted valid legal and historical claims, and which are part of the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people.”

The most intractable element of these pre-existing Jewish rights is Jerusalem, which Israel will never allow to be divided again but to which the Palestinians lay claim as their state’s intended capital. The plan states that the Palestine capital should be located “in all areas east and north of the existing security barrier. So the Trump team has simply redefined Jerusalem to exclude those Arab areas of the city beyond the security barrier. This would enable the Palestinians to tell themselves their capital is Jerusalem, while Israel will have ceased to regard that area as Jerusalem at all.
Of course, the Palestinians would never agree to this. “Al Quds” to them centers on their illegitimate appropriation of Temple Mount - the most sacred site in Judaism.

The plan states the all-important truth that Jerusalem was the political center of the Jewish people under King David, and has remained their spiritual center and the focus of their religious beliefs for nearly 3,000 years. The Palestinians have denied this historical truth because it vitiates their entire claim to the land

The Trump plan won’t bring peace; however, it restores the truth and justice that are essential prerequisites of peace. Crushing the lethal and poisonous fantasies about Israel and the Jewish people, as well as taking a hard-headed approach to Palestinian intentions, it replaces illusions by reality.

That’s no small achievement. Now it’s up to the rest of the world.


Shira Sorko-Ram - Prayer guide

While Israelis inherently like to hope against hope, I don’t think anyone in Israel actually expects Palestinian President Abbas to approve this plan for several reasons:

The first, is that Abbas and his government make their living off of the plight of the “Poor Palestinian”. If this issue was resolved and jobs became available and trade was normalized between both states, Abbas’ government would have to take responsibility for their people, rather than be able to blame Israel for everything.

Second, the entire Palestinian leadership has become unified around the central theme of replacing Israel, not living alongside it. This is why the “right of return” is so important to them. With this plan that cancels any option for right of return, they would be conceding to live in peace alongside a people they feel should not exist.

Third, they would be required to stop paying families of Palestinians who have committed acts of terrorism and this would cause a rift between them, the terrorists’ families who depend on these payments and other terrorist groups who would have a harder time recruiting new terrorists.

• Father, you spoke clearly about Your displeasure of those who would dare divide Your land. With all the good intentions out there, we ask for a wisdom that is beyond our understanding in regards to moving ahead with this plan.

• We pray for a solution to this situation that would please You - a peace in the Middle East that would establish You as the only answer.

• Father, this deal is only a deal if You are in it. We know many Christians and Messianic Jews have pushed behind the scenes for this deal to contain Biblical principles in it. Continue to let their voice be heard.

• We ask that what parts of this deal should be of man’s making, that they would be canceled.

• If it is not Your plan, continue to harden the hearts of Palestinian leaders to reject it.

• We pray that of everyday Palestinian Arabs who want a real peace, that their voice would overrule their leaders.

• Above all we desire for Your name alone be glorified on the Temple Mount. And that no other gods would be exalted on this sacred plot of land which You chose for Your presence to dwell.


What next ?

The Palestinian leaders rant against this peace plan and seek to rally Arab support.

Arab conference agrees, but meanwhile Arab leaders are actually tiring of the Palestinians and drawing closer to Israel. (Largely out of fear of common threat - Iran - sponsor of anti-Israel and world terror and racing towards nuclear weapons)

Mahmoud Abbas, while seeking United Nations backing, dropped a resolution he had hoped to launch against the plan.

Mahmoud Abbas continues to ramp up incitement to violence and Israel is experiencing increasing terror attacks. It is just like previous intifadas that have followed peace plans. (Check out Palestinian Media Watch)

Will there be any peace before the Messiah comes / returns ?


As noted elsewhere, "the man who defines the terms controls the debate." - Annexation is the process ofattacking and seizing territory belonging to another state. This is not what Israel's government and the Trump plan are proposing. - For the details of what happened to Judea and Samaria in 1948 and 1967, see International Law and Land plus Replacement Geography

"Annexation" was a very hot topic in early 2020, but is difficult to understand. Basically it is a matter of applying Israeli sovereignty to the Israeli "settlements" in Judea and Samaria (the "west bank", the area behind the Green Line - what many call the "Occupied Palestinian Territories", although perhaps they should be called the Palestinian occupied territories (Israeli territory occupied by Palestinians / Arabs)

See Land and Settlers

Exactly what might eventually happen (If anything) is not clear to wildolive. Hopefully the following summary from BICOM (28/05/20) will help.

Netanyahu says a Palestinian state only after several conditions met

What happened: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview to Israel Hayom that was published this morning, where he discussed elements of the Trump plan.

When asked if the plan includes a Palestinian state, he answered: “The process will advance if they [Palestinians] deign to fulfil about ten difficult conditions, which include Israeli sovereignty in the territories west of the Jordan, keeping Jerusalem united, the non-entry of even a single refugee, no uprooting of communities, and Israeli sovereignty on extensive swaths of Judea and Samaria, and so on and so forth. They need to recognise that we are the security sovereign in the entire territory. If they agree to all that, then they’ll have an entity of their own that President Trump defines as a state.”
He was asked if the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley will receive Israeli citizenship were Israel to apply its sovereignty there. He replied, “No. they’ll remain in Palestinian enclaves. You don’t annex Jericho. There are one or two clusters. You don’t need to apply sovereignty to them; they’ll remain Palestinian subjects, if you like. But Israeli security control will apply there as well.”
Defence Minister Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz also related to annexation during the Blue and White faction meeting yesterday, where he said, “There are major opportunities at this time with the ability to improve and even change the entire region, among them the peace plan proposed by the US administration. We will examine the various paths of action in the next few weeks with wisdom and responsibility.” His close ally, Michael Biton, who is a minister in the Defence Ministry, told Army Radio: “There will be no irresponsible unilateral annexation that undermines the interests of the State of Israel. If anybody in this government wants to discuss annexation, that discussion will begin in July and will take place in committees, in the Knesset plenum, in the security cabinet and in the cabinet.”
Yesterday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) carried operations inside Palestinian Authority (PA) territory for the first time since the PA froze security coordination last week. They reportedly arrested seven suspects in two separate raids, without any confrontation with PA security forces.

Context: Earlier this week Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun, the IDF coordinator for Palestinian civilian affairs, warned that annexation “was likely to lead to a wave of terror attacks and a breaking of security cooperation.”

Various European and Arab states have publicly warned of the consequences of unilateral annexation.
However, according to an article published in Israel Hayom yesterday, key Arab leaders will tacitly consent to annexation, in contradiction to their public statements. The paper quotes unnamed senior Jordanian and Saudi officials who argue that their governments will prioritise its own national interests over the Palestinian issue. The paper also quote a senior Egyptian security official saying, “The United States and Israel carry a lot of weight in the fight against Iran. No Arab leader is going to risk the fabric of interests in stopping Iranian expansion for the Palestinian’s behalf.”

At the beginning of the week Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated his plan to apply Israeli law to settlements and the Jordan Valley on 1 July, saying: “We have a target date and we won’t change it.” However, settler leaders continue to express concern that the Trump plan will lead to the creation of a Palestinian state as well as leave numerous settlement enclaves in an untenable situation, surrounded by Palestinian areas. Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, called the plan a “poisoned chalice”.

Looking ahead: The IDF has not yet been informed of any plans to implement annexation. Nevertheless, they are preparing for potential violence. On Monday the IDF along with the Shin Bet security service will run a simulation for various scenarios that might unfold, including the reaction by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

The IDF is not part of the US-Israel mapping committee which is due to report on the scope and depth ahead of any annexation decision. The IDF still does not know whether only the Jordan Valley is to be annexed or whether the plan is to include settlement blocs as well.

From the Settler point of view

Settlers warn of dangers in Trump plan - from BICOM

What happened: The Israeli Right is doubling down on its efforts to prevent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from agreeing to the Trump plan in full.
•The settler led Sovereignty movement is pushing the message: “Israel must apply its sovereignty over the entire land, unrelated to the Trump plan, which is an existential threat to Israel’s future and which mortally undermines the Zionist vision and the Jewish people’s historic belonging to the Land of Israel.”
•The Sovereignty movement has launched a large-scale billboard campaign throughout Israel warning against “the dangers of the Palestinian state in the Trump plan”. In Jerusalem signs read that “Jerusalem will be partitioned;” on the fences of settlements in the West Bank signs were hung saying “Palestine is just beyond the fence,” and signs on roads in the Negev said, “Palestine will be built here”. 
•Yesterday Yesha Council Chairman David Elhayani refused to retract his comment in which he said that the deal of the century proved that US President Donald Trump was not a true friend of Israel. He said in an interview to Army Radio: “Ultimately, he presented a plan that endangers the existence of the State of Israel and, in that case, you’re no friend of mine. If someone comes at me with a cake and puts a gun to my head, will I take the cake and say to them, ‘thank you?’ The plan contains existential dangers.”
•Other leaders in the Yesha Council are taking a more pragmatic approach by seeking answers from the Prime Minister over the exact details about how far he intends to apply Israeli law in the West Bank. Samaria Regional Council Chairman Yossi Dagan said: “The map is critical for the country’s future, for its security, and for holding onto the tens of thousands of residents liable to find themselves in remote settlements”. 
•Etzion Bloc Regional Council Chairman Shlomo Neeman spoke in a similar vein and addressed the Prime Minister: “please—what are the details of the plan? What will be the fate of the settlements outside the ‘new Green Line?’ and mainly, please tell us, how do you envision the future of our land?”  

What if the plan is accepted and implemented ?

Remember that under the oft misquoted International Law, the Jews were granted the land (Israel) as a homeland by the San Remo conference. That was the last legal land aportionment and none of the various plans and offered deals since then have been accepted and ratified as legal transfers of land.

Joel 4:2 says 'I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Y'hoshafat [Adonai judges]. I will enter into judgment there for my people, my heritage Isra'el, whom they scattered among the nations; then they divided my land. " Those who have devised "Roadmaps" appear to have been saved from this judgement by Palestinian unwillingness to genuinely grasp peace. It seems hard to imagine that President Trump, a man God appears to placed "for such a time as this" will come under judgment for having this plan accepted. God appears to have a more complex plan in play.

In Ezekiel 38:11 YHVH says to Gog, 'You will say, "I am going to invade this land of unwalled villages; I will take by surprise these people who are at peace, living securely, all in places without walls, bars or gates." ' This suggests that the big battle will start when Israel feels at peace. How does this influence our view of peace plans ?

Remember also that the Jerusalem Temple will be in operation for the antichrist to stop the sacrifices and desecrate it with the "abomination of desolation."

Update at the end of the Trump presidency (2021)

The diplomacy during the Trump presidency has seen the Abraham Accords - with several Arab nations "normalising"/ establishing relations with Israel.

The Abraham Accords are a joint statement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, reached on August 13, 2020. Subsequently the term was used to refer collectively to agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and maybe more Arab states. (credit Wikipedia)

The warming relations have been well received by the people of the states concerned and direct air routes and tourism flourished briefly, until curtailed by COVID restrictions. Eyes are focussed on Saudi Arabia joining the process, but this may be a step too far at the moment in the processes ongoing in the kingdom.

The process is being helped by the alarm with which (Shia) Iran's pursuit of regional and religious hegemony is viewed by the Sunni Arab states. It is also influenced by Arab states distancing themselves from the intransigence and ingratitude of the Palestinians - and their friendly relations and common cause with Iran and its terror proxies. (Hezbollah and Lebanon who they largely control and the Iranian forces in Syria.

What of the new Biden administration ?

Initial signs are that Biden seeks to roll back Trump initiatives where possible, but perhaps the Abraham Accords will continue to grow without his assistance. see US administrations

Updated 05/03/21

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