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Israel PM: Under US deal Arabs in Israel should live under PA rule 

US President Donald Trump Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu on 28 January 2020 in Washington, DC [Kobi Gideon/Anadolu Agency]
US President Donald Trump (R) and Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu on 28 January 2020 in Washington, DC [Kobi Gideon/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed the US concede parts of Israel to the PA as compensation for annexing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed yesterday.

According the Israeli newspaper, the issue was raised for the first time during a visit by Us President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to Israel in July 2017.

Netanyahu’s proposal stipulates that Israeli Arab citizens in the area known as the Triangle be stripped of their Israeli IDs and forced to live under the rule of the Palestinian Authority.

Haaretz said that Netanyahu’s office did not denied this, saying the decision on what the plan will include were made by the White House, which declined to comment.

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Trump’s “peace plan” says: “The Vision contemplates the possibility, subject to agreement of the parties, that the borders of Israel will be redrawn such that the Triangle Communities become part of the State of Palestine.”

These communities, it adds, largely self-identify as Palestinian, and were originally designated to fall under Jordanian control during the negotiations of the 1949 armistice line, but ultimately were retained by Israel for military reasons “that have since been mitigated”.

Haaretz reported that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemning such proposal.

“The ADL strongly believes Israel’s Arab citizens are an integral part of Israeli society, with full citizenship and equal rights under Israeli law,” the ADL said in a statement. “Any effort to strip Israel’s Arab population of their citizenship without their consent would go against the country’s democratic principles and character.”

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