By Fatemeh Salehi

Deal of the century: U.S. in pursuit of Arab carte blanche

March 2, 2019

TEHRAN - Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and senior adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, Trump's Middle East envoy, have once again embarked on a journey to the Middle East and Arab countries in order push the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan on what is called the “deal of the century”.

On Tuesday, U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates said in a statement that Kushner and Greenblatt met with Emirate's crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on their first day of trip in the Middle East.  
According to report, the U.S. officials are scheduled to go to Bahrain and then meet with Oman, Qatar and another Arab state’s officials. 
In an interview broadcast on Monday on Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi, Kushner said: “We’ve been able to keep a lot of the details private, which I think is very constructive. In past negotiations which we’ve studied, a lot of times details would get out prematurely and that would cause politicians to have to run away from the plan.”

Kushner added: “we have focused on four principles to create the plan. The first principle is to have freedom. We want people to be able to have the freedom of opportunity, the freedom of religion, the freedom to worship, regardless of your faith. Respect is the second principle, as people should have dignity and respect. Another issue is the security. The economic benefits not only for Palestinians and Israelis, but for the entire region including Jordan, Egypt and the Lebanon. The political plan is really about establishing borders and resolving final status issues.”
Assuming Kushner’s words lay the foundation of the deal of the century, we ultimately feel Washington is a caring friend of Palestinians that tries to liberate them and boost their dignity and security. The U.S. bothers to send her ambassadors there to win the satisfaction of the authorities of these countries. But so far, many Arab countries, including Jordan, as well as self-governing Palestinian organizations, which hold good relations with the Zionist regime and the U.S., have expressed serious opposition to the U.S. peace plan.
If the plan, which according to Kushner seeks freedom and security for the Palestinians, is as attractive as the Trump’s son-in-law defines, why do most Arab countries oppose it?
The assessment of the deal of the century, along with the reports and news published on it, show that there is a deliberate ambiguity over that as if the U.S. authorities do not want to publish the exact details before getting the consent of the Arab states leaders. As two senior White House officials previously confessed, “Kushner will not give any information to the regional authorities in the political aspect of the plan, and instead seek support from the economic sectors of the plan.”
Following Trump’s decision on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist regime and the U.S. embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the relationship between Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority (PA) and the U.S., diminished to the extent that Mahmoud Abbas said al-Quds “is not for sale” and promised will never accept the U.S. peace plan.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the two main sponsors of U.S. peace plan against the Palestinian cause, putting pressure on the PA and other Arab countries in the region to accept the Trump government deal for the century. The regional resistance groups are among the serious opponents of this plan. 
According to media reports released on details of the plan, the deal of the century will include recognition of al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist regime and transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to this city. The U.S. agreed to establish the Palestinian future capital on the outskirts of Jerusalem, which will be miles away from the occupied territories of 1967.
President Trump also agreed the annexation of major settlement ‘blocs’ to Israel.
The U.S. administration will announce a “common security concept for the Israel regime and the State of Palestine as partners in peace”. The concept includes four points: a demilitarized Palestinian state with a strong police force, the creation of bilateral, regional and international security cooperation with the participation of Jordan, Egypt and Washington, which other countries would be welcome to join. The Israeli forces will maintain their presence along the Jordan River and the central mountains of the West Bank, in order to protect the two states. 
According to the U.S. peace plan, the countries of the world should recognize the Zionist regime as the homeland of the Jewish people, and the territorial waters, airspace and electromagnetic waves shall be under Israeli control. The Palestinian leaders have called this plan a deconstructed and implausible plan, which in fact means a single state with two political systems and aims to legitimize the Zionist apartheid regime and settle the regime with American standards.
Recent developments in the world on the issue of Palestine and the actions of the Zionist regime indicate that there is a serious approach to distorting the public opinion of the Palestinian cause and to form an Arab coalition against Iran instead of the Zionist regime. The Warsaw conference with the presence of Arab and Zionist officials is one of those examples. They are trying to remove the Zionist regime from the list and replace Iran as a dangerous state, and after normalizing the relations between the Arabs and Tel Aviv, create an anti-Iranian coalition between these countries.

The regional tour of U.S. officials and their meeting with Arab leaders are to display acceptance for the deal of the century. After the normalization of relations with Arab states and getting their agreement on the Arab-peace plan, they will take the next step on the Arab coalition against Iran instead of the Arab unity against the Zionist regime.

A move that in the face of the current opposition of the Arabs, and in particular the Palestinian groups, will be as ineffective as other U.S. President's plans, such as the formation of an integrated or so-called Arab NATO that eventually wants to target Iran. 
 

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