British newspaper reveals the role of bin Salman in granting Jerusalem to Israel[/ltr]
[ltr][rtl]Date of release: 2017/12/8 10:02[/rtl] • [rtl]226 times read[/rtl][/ltr]
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A British newspaper revealed the role of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the decision of US President Donald Trump in the recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the US embassy there.
The Times published an analysis of its Middle East correspondent, Richard Spencer, entitled "The president may have misunderstood his Saudi friend."
Spencer says that by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, "US President Donald Trump punishes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for rejecting the White House proposal for peace in the region."
"For 20 years, US presidents have postponed the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem in the hope of achieving peace, but it has not been achieved."
"It would be foolish to assume that repeating the same formula would lead to different results," Trump said.
Spencer says the proposals made this fall by Jared Kouchner, Trump's daughter-in-law, were already different.
Trump was also right to say that his administration would receive the same reception as previous administrations: one party refused, and in that case the party concerned was the Palestinian side.
"Kouchner's proposal gives the Palestinians a state, but it is more limited than any previous proposal," he says.
According to the proposal, Jewish settlements in the West Bank will not be demolished and there will be no right of return, however symbolic, to millions of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.
"Kouchner and his team worked quickly to put this plan in place, and instead of slowly building support for the plan, Kouchner seemed to want to promote it through Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the main ally of Trump in the region. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but it is not clear how much the Saudi Crown Prince himself is convinced of the plan.
Spencer says that in November "Abbas was summoned to Riyadh and under pressure, but it was not clear whether it was to accept the plan or to consider it a starting point, but what was very clear was Abbas's total rejection of the plan."
He says the United States believed that "the Saudi Crown Prince would be angry with Abbas in the amount of anger of the American administration, and therefore see the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as an appropriate punishment."
Spencer says that if this was Trump's intention, he misjudged it. Despite some words encouraged by Saudi Crown Prince Trump's reforms and decisions in the kingdom, the young prince did not receive enough support from the United States to support Trump's plan. On the Palestinian issue with sufficient enthusiasm.