Jimmy Carter Blasts Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan

Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Thursday rejecting President Donald Trump’s newly proposed Middle East peace plan, which calls for the Israeli annexation of key swaths of Palestinian-held land, AJC reported.

The statement issued Thursday by the Carter Center in Atlanta describes Trump’s offer as “fragmented statehood” which leaves Palestinians “without control of their borders … and undercuts prospects for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” 

Trump unveiled the long-awaited plan Tuesday in Washington alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Trump’s plan sides with Israel on key contentious issues that have derailed peace efforts in the past, including borders and the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements, according to reporting by The Associated Press. 

The plan attaches nearly impossible conditions for granting the Palestinians their hoped-for state, such as allowing the Palestinians to establish a capital on the outskirts of East Jerusalem but leaving most of the city under Israeli control, the AP reported. 

“If implemented, the plan will doom the only viable solution to this long-running conflict, the two-state solution,” Carter said in the statement.  

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also dismissed the plan as “nonsense” and vowed to resist it, the AP reported. 

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