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New app allows settlers to measure distance from Palestinian territories 

February 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Israeli settlers walk in West Bank town of Hebron on 22 July 2018 [Wisam Hashlamoun/ApaImages]

A notorious right-wing settler group has developed an app that enables users to calculate the distance between their homes and the borders of the Palestinian state being proposed by US President Donald Trump, reported the Jerusalem Post.

The right-wing group Regavim used maps proposed in Trump’s so called “deal of the century” to highlight the additional lands being proposed to the future Palestinian state along the border with Egypt.

Despite it legitimising Israel’s crimes under international law, including colonisation and annexation, the new app is part of an intense campaign by the right-wing group to warn Israelis that the “Peace Plan” still needs adjustments before Israel can accept it as a working plan of action.

Using the app, Regavim has stated its perspective on the Trump “peace plan”: “On the one hand, the Peace to Prosperity plan offers an unprecedented opportunity: For the first time, the US government officially recognises the rights of the State of Israel to Judea and Samaria, and is prepared to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish communities there and over the Jordan Valley.”

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“On the other hand, the plan contains an unprecedented threat to the safety of Israelis and to the future of the State of  Israel: Recognition of a Palestinian state in the heart of the Land of Israel. Join us in our call to the Knesset and the Israeli government: Sovereignty – YES! A Palestinian state – NO WAY!”

In a statement, Regavim head Meir Deutsch claims the Israeli public has not read the plan like his organisation has, and therefore, releasing an app that “illustrates to each and every Israeli what the outcomes will be – right on their personal cell phone screen” was necessary.

He added: “The Americans have announced that the plan is intended to serve as the starting point for negotiations, and it is crucial that when Israelis go to the polls on March 2nd, they will consider who is best suited to represent Israel’s interests in those negotiations. To a large extent, these elections will determine the borders.”