Date: 25 June 2020
Trump’s peace plan in the Middle East – summary of the debate
On 28th January 2020 the US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented the “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People” plan. Due to the fact that the negotiations did not include the Palestinian side, the Plan was rejected by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab League.
The above issues were raised in the online debate that took place on 24th June 2020. Guests of The Warsaw Institute Review were:
Jarosław Kociszewski – political scientist, journalist and publicist. A longtime correspondent of the Polish media in the Middle East, he observed the peace process along with the accompanying it waves of unrest, conflicts in Lebanon, two Palestinian uprisings, the “Arab Spring” and the civil war in Syria.
dr Artur Skorek – assistant professor at the Institute of Middle and Far East of the Jagiellonian University, executive secretary of the European Association of Israel Studies, internationologist, researcher on modern Israel.
Witold Repetowicz – journalist, reporter and analyst specializing in Middle Eastern issues. Award-winning author of television reports about the humanitarian situation in the Middle East and Syrian refugees. In 2017, he was temporarily imprisoned by the Syrian military intelligence.
Invited guests spoke about the genesis of the US President’s plan and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and analyzed the possible consequences of implementing this plan.
Jarosław Kociszewski in his speech explained the purpose of the Donald Trump Peace Plan in the Middle East and what results from it for Palestine and Israel. Dr. Artur Skorek in his remarks explained Palestine’s reaction to Trump’s plan. He also said that the annexation for Israel itself is more symbolic. Witold Repetowicz, on the other hand, referred to the Jordanian thread and explained why this country is an important element in the context of relations between Israel and Palestine, and what may result from the country’s decision regarding the current situation. In the Q&A session, our guests answered questions asked by viewers of the event. Questions have been raised about: resolving the Gaza Strip case? Is the US the right country to conduct arbitration in this conflict? Does Poland have an impact on the situation in this conflict?
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