Behind the US peace plan: Why Mahmoud Abbas is in the ‘hot seat’

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been meeting with leaders of the Yesha Council in an attempt to resolve disagreements over the proposed map outlining the borders of a prospective Palestinian state.

Netanyahu’s efforts come among stark interim opposition to the US peace plan, by some settler leaders, led by David Elhayani, Yesha Council Chairman, and head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council.

More moderate settler leaders, such as Efrat mayor Oded Revivi, back the US vision and support the fresh unity government, in the Jerusalem Post’s recent article “Trump’s Peace Plan Pits Settler Ideologues against Pragmatists,” which captures this tension.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has instructed the IDF to prepare for the application of Israeli sovereignty beginning July 1, 2020. The Western media and many in the EU are “anguishing’ over this prospect.


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