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Submitted by Jim (United Kingdom), Feb 4, 2020 at 07:24

(1)To the question is Israel better off with this plan than without it, has to be broken down to (1) If the palestinians accept it (2) If the palestinians do not accept it.

You seem to believe the Palestinians will not accept it. ( My response: Does a single person out there actually believe any of this chimera will be implemented?)

Israel gets gifted up front Jordan valley and parts of Judea/Samaria it needs to ensure its security interests and the Palestinians gets 4 years to accept the peace plan.

After they refuse Israel is no longer bound by the terms of the peace plan and can continue to try to defeat the Palestinians. Except this time it does so from a far stronger position.

So where is the danger.?

(2)You say "Their century-long rejection of Jews, Judaism, Zionism, and Israel is the one and only problem preventing a solution; it must end, immediately, completely"

The trump plan indeed states (page 8) "Palestinian leaders must embrace peace by recognizing Israel as the Jewish state" This is a thousand poisons for Abbas as it negates palestinian nationalism

(3) You say: Forget autonomy; it projects full-fledged independence for the "State of Palestine," a term mentioned an astounding 1,397 times in the course of a 180-page document. Surely, anyone concerned with Israel's security shudders at this imminent prospect.

However it will be a state minus as the palestinians are only too happy to point out with 'limitations of certain sovereign powers '

page 7 A realistic solution would give the Palestinians all the power to govern themselves but not the powers to threaten Israel.This necessarily entails the limitations of certain sovereign powers in the Palestinian areas (henceforth referred to as the "Palestinian State") such as maintenance of Israeli security responsibility and Israeli control of the airspace west of the Jordan River.

page 53 The State of Israel will maintain the right to dismantle and destroy any facility in the State of Palestine that is used for the production of prohibited weapons or for other hostile purposes. While the State of Israel will use its best efforts to minimize incursions into the State of Palestine, the State of Israel will retain the right to engage in necessary security measures to ensure that the State of Palestine remains demilitarized and non-threatening to the State of Israel, including from terrorist threats.

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