What Now For the Palestinians?
How has Donald Trump's announcement that he's formally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel change the picture for the Palestinians?
Donald Trump's announcement that he's formally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and setting in motion a plan to move the US embassy there has been condemned by many world leaders. So where does it leave the Palestinians? The decision has motivated some to take to the streets in protest. Others wonder how peace can now be achieved. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, has said that the US has lost its right to act as a mediator between Israel and the Palestinians, and Saeb Erekat, his chief peace negotiator, has said 'the two-state solution is over'. So, is that right? Could a one-state solution now be a viable alternative and what would that look like? And how does the peace plan envisaged by Donald Trump's son-in-law and Middle East envoy, Jared Kushner, fit in? Owen Bennett Jones and a panel of experts discuss the options left for the Palestinians.
(Photo of Palestinians sitting on a wall overlooking the Dome of the Rock inside the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
Mouin Rabbani Senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies in Amman
Yezid Sayigh Senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut
Gill Hoffman Chief political correspondent of The Jerusalem Post
David Makovsky Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process