Qatar: Peace Cannot Be Achieved if Palestinians’ Right of Return Is Not Protected

   Qatar: Peace Cannot Be Achieved if Palestinians’ Right of Return Is Not Protected

The Qatari Foreign Ministry emphasized that peace cannot see the day without safeguarding Palestinians’ rights by enabling them to establish their own sovereign state on the 1967 boundaries.

In a statement issued in response to the US President Donal Trump’s announcement of his controversial “peace deal”, the Qatari ministry said Doha appreciated what it called American efforts to find solutions to the conflict as long as they are within the framework of international legitimacy.

However, peace initiatives to solve the seven-decade conflict cannot materialize on the ground if Palestinians’ inalienable rights, including their right to return to their homeland and establish an independent Palestinian State along the 1967 borders, are infringed, added the ministry.

After months of running a vast propaganda machine to drum up support for his self-proclaimed 'Deal of the Century,' US President Donald Trump has finally unveiled what he believes can serve as a final antidote to the bitter and brutal Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has dragged on for seven decades.

Within just hours since its launch, Trump’s proposed deal has aroused a storm of indignation and opposition among Middle East people and politicians as well as international organizations, earning descriptions such as 'the treason of the century, nightmare, conspiracy, catastrophe, new Balfour Declaration, an annexation plan, a stillborn agreement, a handbook for more suffering, and a deal for the garbage can of history' among others.

Contrary to Trump’s claim who sought to sell his proposal as a win-win opportunity for both sides, political leaders and activists view it as being hugely skewed in favor of Israel and totally ignoring the rights and demands of up to 15 million Palestinians around the world, leaving them out of a process that is expected to decide their fate and their future.

Opponents argue that the highly pro-Israel scheme offers no prescription for peace because it blatantly violates international law and strips Palestinians of their basic rights on a number of sensitive issues, including the state of Jerusalem, the future borders of a sovereign Palestinian state, the return of Palestinian refugees driven from their homeland, security responsibility, as well as Israeli settlements built on occupied land.

Trump released his proposed deal during an event at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Tuesday.

The so-called 'Vision for Peace' — which all Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected — would, among other contentious terms, enshrine Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allow the occupying regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

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