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WALKER: Trump's Middle East Peace Plan "Lays the Path to a New Era of Security, Peace and Opportunity"

January 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after details of the Trump Administration’s Middle East Peace Plan were released:

“This is the most detailed and realistic plan for peace in the Middle East. This Vision, forged by the leadership of President Trump and Jared Kushner, lays the path to a new era of security, peace and opportunity for the people of Israel and Palestine – projecting to cut the poverty rate in Palestine in half. The world looks forward to bringing international leaders to the table for mutual recognition and independence in the region.”

Specifically, the Vision announced:

  • Jerusalem would remain the undivided capital of Israel,
  • The formation of a joint committee with Israel to form a map of territories for Israel and Palestinian,
  • A requirement Palestine to adopt human rights laws,
  • Requests to permanently halt Palestinian financial compensation to terrorists, including Islamic jihad or Hamas,
  • The possibility for Israel to defend itself against threats in the region.

“We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” President Donald J. Trump said in his announcement. “Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all.” 

Following 70 years of struggles, the announcement of the plan also included several compromises for Palestine:

  • Provides an Israeli suspension of settlement construction for four years during which Palestine will be able to reach the benchmarks required for peace and ample time for further negotiations with Israel,
  • More than doubles Palestinian territory,
  • Provides a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, where the United States pledges to open an embassy,
  • Empowers Palestinians to be self-sufficient with 50 billion dollars of commercial investment into the Palestinian state provided by international contributions from world leaders.

Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and his opposition leader, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, were at the White House in support of this peace deal.

This follows President Trump’s actions to secure U.S. interests in the Middle East, including his decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and the recent killing of Iranian General Qaesem Soleimani.

The full text of the Middle East Peace Plan can be found here.