US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar slammed US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” as “shameful and disingenuous” yesterday.
After the deal was announced in Washington in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with no Palestinians present, progressive politicians and anti-occupation groups condemned the so-called “peace deal”.
Omar wrote on Twitter: “They could have guaranteed justice, and brought everyone into this peace deal. Instead these two embattled heads of state, impeached and indicted, have a “just us” peace deal. It’s shameful and disingenuous!”
They could have guaranteed justice, and brought everyone into this peace deal.
Instead these two embattled heads of state, impeached and indicted, have a “ just us” peace deal.
It’s shameful and disingenuous! https://t.co/THIniOEv8B
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 28, 2020
Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib also condemned the move, and tweeted in Arabic: “From Detroit to Palestine: What was announced today is futile and useless, and contrary to all UN resolutions and international legitimacy.”
من ديترويت إلى فلسطين: إن ما أعلن اليوم عبثي ولا جدوى منه، ومخالف لكل قرارات الأمم المتحدة والشرعية الدولية. https://t.co/KdjOtoaOaY
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) January 28, 2020
US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was also quick to voice his opposition of the peace plan.
Sanders said the US could bring leadership to the Israel-Palestine conflict, but the “deal of the century” did not come close to doing that.
“It must end the Israeli occupation and enable Palestinian self-determination in an independent state of their own alongside a secure Israel. Trump’s so-called ‘peace deal’ doesn’t come close, and will only perpetuate the conflict. It is unacceptable.”
The United States can bring unequaled leadership to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but we must use that leadership to promote a just and durable agreement. Any acceptable peace deal must be consistent with international law and multiple UN resolutions.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 28, 2020
Anti-occupation Jewish group IfNotNow also pointed out that there were no Palestinians present at the launch of this peace deal, none were consulted, and none were invited.
There are no Palestinians at this press conference. No Palestinians were invited to the White House meeting about the plan. No Palestinian leaders were involved in the “process” that led to this plan. The whole thing was designed to support the project of endless occupation.
In a string of tweets, the anti-occupation group claimed that this peace plan was “out of touch” with American Jews, and that the “amazing team” behind the “peace plan” had personal interests in expanding Israeli settlements, including the investment of their own personal money.
Lots of praise from Trump and Netanyahu for the "amazing team" that helped with this plan.
Now is a good time to remind everyone that each of them have invested their personal time and money to expand Israeli settlements, built on private Palestinian land.
— IfNotNow🔥 (@IfNotNowOrg) January 28, 2020
The United Nations (UN) rejected the deal, saying it is not based along UN guidelines, but is an imposition of Trump’s own vision of a two-state solution.