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Britain officially leaves the European Union Friday after 47 years of membership

According to the Jerusalem Post, Palestinian officials have rejected President Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” a middle-east peace plan focused on bringing peace to the long dispute between Israel and Palestine. In the proposed deal, “Israel will retain 20% of the West Bank and will lose a small amount of land in the Negev near the Gaza-Egypt border. The Palestinians will have a four-year pathway to statehood in the vast majority of territory in the West Bank, while Israel will maintain control of all borders.” Additionally, Israel would be in control of security from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean. However, in order for Palestine to become a state, the plan puts forth that Palestinian authorities must stop funding terrorism, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad must put down their weapons. If these conditions were met, the US would implement a major economic plan to help Palestine. Also, statehood would grant Palestine about 70% of Judea and Samaria, almost doubling Palestinian territory. ~

This is not the first Israel-Palestine plan brought to the table, with decades of proposals and wars fought regarding the controversial issue. In 1947, the UN proposed a two-state solution, but most Arab countries voted against it and threatened war in response. In 1948, Israel fought for and won independent statehood. Later, in 1978, Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords, a peace treaty between the two countries, but the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), refused to agree with the accords and responded with violence. In 2000, Israeli leader Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians all of Gaza and most of Judea and Samaria as well as no Israeli control over the border with Jordan. The PLO responded to these negotiations with more violence, launching the second Intifada, killing over 1,000 Israeli Jews. Additional deals have been made to no prevail. ~

While President Trump’s deal was immediately rejected by Palestine, many Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and others urged Palestinian officials to negotiate. Although it remains unclear, this deal could mark a momentous shift in the region in terms of peace if furthered. ~

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