Democratic members of the Congress denounced US President Donald Trump’s peace initiative which cements Israel’s longstanding policy of permanent occupation, colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people.
Representative Ilhan Omar slammed the plan as “shameful and disingenuous”.
“They could have guaranteed justice, and brought everyone into this peace deal. Instead these two embattled heads of state, impeached and indicted, have a “just us” peace deal. It’s shameful and disingenuous,” she tweeted.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president, joined the chorus of condemnations.
“Any acceptable peace deal must be consistent with international law and multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” he said.
“It must end the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and enable Palestinian self-determination in an independent, democratic, economically viable state of their own alongside a secure and democratic state of Israel,” he added.
“Trump’s so-called ‘peace deal’ doesn’t come close, and will only perpetuate the conflict, and undermine the security interests of Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians. It is unacceptable,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Senator Chris Van Hollen, a prominent Democrat, slammed the scheme as “diplomatic hoax”.
“The so-called Trump “peace plan” will only lead to more division and conflict. Claiming to advance peace without the involvement of one party to the conflict is a diplomatic hoax that undermines the chance of a genuine two-state solution,” he tweeted.
“It’s an “anti-peace” plan,” he added.
He also slammed the plan as “cynical maneuver” and “disaster of the decade”.
“Trump’s one-sided plan is a recipe for even deeper division and undermines efforts to achieve a viable and sustainable two-state solution that supports the legitimate rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians,” he went on to tweet.
“This one-sided proposal is a cynical maneuver calculated to be rejected by the Palestinians and then green-light illegal annexation. It undermines decades of bipartisan U.S. policy and international law. Far from the “deal of the century” this is the “disaster of the decade”.”