Why the Palestinian Authority Should Accept the Trump Administration's Olive Branch of Opportunity

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Eliora Katz, Eyal Tsir Cohen
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Palestinian leaders anxiously await the end of the Trump administration, outraged by President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” vision for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has already said “a thousand times no.” If Abbas can just wait out what he artfully calls the “slap of the century,” then perhaps the political winds from Washington will be more favorable to the Palestinian cause. To say the least, this is a risky bet. If Abbas wants to further his people’s aspirations for statehood and human flourishing, then he should take the deal as a starting point for negotiations. Palestine needs security and economic development—the parameters of Trump’s plan are essential to achieving this.

To ensure a viable Palestinian state, time is of the essence. The vision proposes a Palestinian state in around 70 percent of the West Bank, several neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, most of Gaza and some parts of southern Israel, on the condition that the Palestinians disarm Hamas, establish accountable governance, and recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Israel will be permitted to annex communities in the West Bank and uphold overriding security responsibility from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean.

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