News ID: 264978
Published: 0533 GMT January 30, 2020

Rouhani calls Trump's Mideast deal 'most despicable plan of century'

Rouhani calls Trump's Mideast deal 'most despicable plan of century'
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned US President Donald Trump's so-called 'peace plan' for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as 'the most despicable scheme of the century.'

"Enough of these foolish attempts," Rouhani wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

"The Most Despicable Plan of the Century," he added.

Meanwhile, Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also referred to Trump's self-proclaimed "deal of the century" as a dangerous plan for the West Asia region which, describing it as a ploy devised to make up for the failures of the United States and the Israeli regime.

"We have to try to make all Muslim countries united against this illegal and inhuman agreement," Larijani said while speaking in a phone conversation with Syrian Parliament Speaker Hammouda Sabbagh on Wednesday.

"In fact, this deal and treasonous conspiracy is designed to fulfill the wishes of the Israeli regime in the region," Larijani noted, adding that despite the claims of the US officials, the plan has nothing to do with the interests of the Palestinian people.  

Also a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei denounced the anti-Palestine Middle East scheme as “the shameful and deceptive plan of the century,” which is “doomed to failure.”

Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also secretary general of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, made the remarks in a Thursday statement.

Defying the international outcry, Trump announced the general provisions of the plan at the White House on Tuesday with the Israeli premier at his side.

The scheme — which all Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected — largely meets Israel’s demands in the decades-old conflict, while creating a Palestinian state with limited control over its own security and borders.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday lashed out at the plan, saying the initiative is a “nightmare” both for the region and the world.

Zarif said in a tweet that Trump’s “so-called ‘Vision for Peace’ is simply the dream project of a bankruptcy-ridden real estate developer.”

During the Tuesday joint presser with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US president once again endorsed his contentious recognition in December 2017 of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s “capital,” a move he took in the face of Palestinian demands that the holy city should serve as the capital of their future state. He said the plan envisages the city as the Israeli regime’s “undivided capital.”

Trump's plan is widely expected to take the US’s pro-Israeli brinksmanship to a whole new level, with various reports warning that it seeks to lay the groundwork for Israel’s annexation of about half of the West Bank, which the regime occupied in 1967, including most of the Jordan Valley.

Under Trump’s proposals, Israel would gain sovereignty over its illegal settlements, Al-Quds would become its “undivided” capital and Palestinians living in Israel would be transferred to the West Bank.

Moreover, the plan would abolish the right of return for Palestinian refugees displaced during the 1948 Nakba and their descendants, a key Palestinian demand.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly sent a note to Netanyahu, warning that Palestine now feels free to stop security cooperation with the regime as part of the Oslo accords, which are “disavowed” by a contentious US-devised Middle East plan.

 

Malaysia raps US Mideast plan

 

Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammed denounced the plan as “unfair and heavily one-sided” one, middleeastmonitor.com reported.

In a statement on Friday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) noted that the Palestinians have every right to reject the deal as they were not directly involved in or even consulted over the formulation of the proposal.

 

UK urged to challenge Trump

 

In Britain, a Palestinian forum has called on the UK government to reject the so-called “peace plan” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB) on Thursday urged the Palestinian community in the West, particularly in Britain, to cooperate and confront the grave challenges facing the Palestinian cause since the Trump administration’s long-awaited “peace plan” was unveiled.

The PFB reiterated that “Palestine’s eternal capital is occupied Jerusalem, which permanently belongs to the Palestinian people, and will never be open for bargaining or gambling.”

The UK has repeatedly stated that annexation of part of the West Bank “would be contrary to international law, damaging to peace efforts and could not pass unchallenged.”

In its press release, the PFB called all those who stand in solidarity with Palestine to take part in the protest in London, scheduled for 1p.m. today in front of the US Embassy.

The proposal was praised not only by Netanyahu, who is currently under indictment on multiple charges of corruption, but also by his rival, Benny Gantz.

The organization urged Palestinians within Palestine to unite their efforts and agree on a comprehensive project confronting the Israeli occupation in all possible ways admissible by humanitarian laws.

 

 

   
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