3 ARAB NEWS Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Spotlight Ultimately these plans, like the current one by Netanyahu, are meant to deny the Palestinians statehood. CONTOURS OF ISRAEL'S LAND-GRAB PLAN settlers. Since its occupation in 1967, Israel has set up about 90 military posts in the area and forcibly evicted more than 50,000 Palestinians. Netanyahu’s declaration found support in Washington as the White House announced its much-talked-about “Vision for Peace, Prosperity and a Brighter Future for Israel and the Palestinian People.” With Netanyahu at his side and no Palestinians in the room, President Donald Trump and his son-in-law cum senior adviser, Jared Kushner, last year outlined a detailed plan that envisioned a demilitarized Palestinian entity without East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley (with the exception of the city of Jericho). It showed all Israeli settlements and the north Dead Sea as part of Israel. According to the Trump Peace Plan — mockingly dubbed the “deal of the century” — three land plots in the Negev desert were to be granted to Palestinians as part of a unilateral land swap. The idea of annexation of Palestinian territories has been an integral part of Israeli planning since the June 1967 war. Shortly after Israel occupied the West Bank (including Jerusalem) and Gaza in the war, it began the process of a takeover. The Israeli government of 1967, headed by Levi Eshkol of the Labor Party, carried out the first The Jordan Valley accounts for about one-third of the West Bank. Israel captured the valley, located on the west bank of the Jordan River, when it seized the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war Jenin WEST BANK Nablus Approximate boundary of the Jordan Valley Jerusalem city boundary Route of West Bank barrier Green line (1949 armistice) Ramallah Full or partial Palestinian control Jericho Israeli-controlled West Bank Israeli settlement Israeli outpost Bethlehem ISRAEL Hebron West Bank Tel Aviv Jerusalem Twitter: @daoudkuttab Gaza Strip Abdulkhaleq Abdulla is a professor of political science from the UAE and author of “The Gulf Moment.” Twitter: @Abdulkhaleq_UAE For full version, log on to www.arabnews.com/opinion
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