The ‘Middle East Peace Plan’ announced by the US President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on 28 January 2020 is a dangerous initiative that has been designed more with domestic policy concerns and one that may lead to new tensions in our region. Both leaders are throwing the Middle East to the fire to divert the public opinion from the judicial proceedings against them amidst upcoming elections in their countries.

The said plan aims to annex certain areas in the West Bank by deepening the Israeli occupation on Palestinian lands, recognizes, by violating United Nations resolutions, all of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, takes away the repatriation rights of Palestinian refugees and although appearing to be accepting an independent Palestinian State, it actually keeps its hold on the future of the Palestinian State by linking its independence with conditions and extending the timeline.

We reject this plan which is against international law and which will further raise the tensions in our region. As CHP, we have been, since the beginning, advocating for the resolution of the Israel-Palestinian issue on the basis of a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital city of the State of Palestine. For this, Israel should follow the UN resolutions, primarily the United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 242, should withdraw from the territory occupied during the 1967 war and should cease its activities that aim to change the status of Jerusalem.

We would like to warn our people of the crocodile tears of the AKP government that declared Jerusalem as the ‘red line’. The AKP government does not follow any policy other than using the Middle East Peace Plan of Trump for the purposes of domestic politics and hence to harness votes.

In the deepening political division among the Palestinian people, one can see the traces of wrong Middle East policy of the AKP government that set the ground for the emergence of this and similar plans with its wrong Middle East policy pursued so far.

CHP stands by the Palestinian people. So far, we have always followed a policy of result-oriented initiatives by all relevant parties for a lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine issue within the framework of UN resolutions and on a two-state basis. We will maintain this attitude also in the future.