The Major Players
Simply said, the Trump plan for peace in the Middle East now emphasizes two countries, Israel and Palestine. These two entities have been at odds with each other for thousands of years. The other countries in the Middle East are surely being monitored but there is very little reported as of now.
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In this article:
- What is President Trump’s Plan?
- What is the timeframe?
- Who is ruling these countries?
- Who rules Palestine?
- Will President Trump’s plan bring peace to the region?
- What about other countries?
- What about future investment?
The Middle East has been an area of conflict throughout history. Let’s not go back in time too far. We will look at recent events and try putting things in perspective. The 1993 and 1995 Oslo peace agreements between Israel and Palestine were signed both in Washington D.C., and Taba, Egypt respectively. These agreements intended to establish the borders of Israel and Palestine, the Israel settlements, and the status of Jerusalem.
What is President Trump’s Plan?
While Trump’s plan borrows a lot from the Oslo accords, some consider it different fundamentally. It’s said that the plan is designed to please the Israeli conservative party, thus Palestine may not be pleased by it. With President Trump’s plan, “Peace” will be achieved between the two parties by a two-state system. In the past, this particular plan has failed, but there may be hope. The plan is to have a future Palestinian State, to include the West Bank and Gaza, connected by above-ground roads and tunnels.
What is the timeframe?
The plan is on hold for now as there are some important details that are still unresolved. One part of the plan, and its timeframe, is that Israel must freeze settlement construction for the next four years. The timing, in this case, has stalled recently because of political and international health issues so there is currently no set timeframe.
Who is ruling these countries?
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel is now in his fifth term. The President of Palestine is currently Mahmoud Abbas. It is sometimes mentioned that his presidency is tenuous because of his age, 82, and some say his inability to fulfill his duties. If it’s decided that he is to step down, the Presidency would go to his deputy, Mahmoud al-Alou.
Who rules Palestine?
A simple question but with no clear answer. There are three ruling camps; the PLO, (Peoples Liberation Organization), the PL, (Palestinian National Authority) and the Fatah.
The Fatah was founded in 1959 by Yasser Arafat and plays a key role in Palestinian politics.
The PLO, founded in 1964 is the (Peoples Liberation Organization), by most accounts the ruling party of Palestine yet they still answer to Fatah. The PL was set into existence by the Oslo accord and became known as the Palestinian Authority in specific regions of Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. It should be noted that Israel started politically dealing with the PL and not the PLO.
Will President Trump’s plan bring peace to the region?
Who can say? As stated earlier, this region of the world has been at odds for centuries. Making everyone happy is never easy but the two-state system could work if it is agreed upon by both parties.
What about other countries?
As you know, the Middle East is made up of many countries other than Israel and Palestine. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates to name a few. President Trump’s current plan does not specifically give details about them but rather focuses on Israel and Palestine. This does not mean that the other countries in the Middle East are ignored, simply that the administration has not made plans for other countries public.
What about future investment?
You have worked hard to earn your investment money. For the time being, the region is in fluctuation so invest with care.