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PA Government Spokesman: We can deal with the “Trump virus” like the Chinese are containing the Coronavirus

Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, on Israel stopping the export of Palestinian produce and Israel preparing maps for annexation, hosting PA Government Spokesman Ibrahim Melhem, political analyst, Abd Al-Majid Sweilem, and "Israeli affairs expert" Hisham Abu Hashem

PA Government Spokesman Ibrahim Melhem: "If the Chinese have now succeeded in containing the Corona virus – then the Palestinians, like the Chinese, have the ability to contain the [US President Donald] Trump virus. They are using antibiotics in an attempt to discover-”

Official PA TV host: "Biological antibodies."

Ibrahim Melhem: "Yes. So we can make anti-policies. We have the anti-Trump-policy ability in order to deal with Trump's policy, with Trump's bullying in the Middle East (i.e., apparently referring to Trump's Middle East peace plan; see note below)."

The Trump peace plan – US President Donald Trump announced his Israel–Palestinian peace plan "Peace to Prosperity" – commonly known as “the deal of the century” - on Jan. 28, 2020. Main points of the plan: 1- Israeli sovereignty would be applied to the Jordan Valley and all Israeli towns and cities in the West Bank. 2- Jerusalem, including all its holy sites, would remain under Israeli sovereignty with accommodations made to enable access for Palestinians. 3- The remainder of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and  part of what is currently Israeli land in the Negev, the Galilee, and Jerusalem - creating a territory almost equal in  size to the West Bank and Gaza Strip - would form  the Palestinian state, with its capital in neighborhoods in East Jerusalem that are outside of  Israel's security wall. 4- The Palestinian state would be demilitarized, with Israel responsible for external security and controlling all airspace. 5- All Palestinian prisoners except murderers, and those who attempted or conspired to murder would be released.  6- Palestinians in refugee camps would be absorbed into their host countries and, subject to certain limitations, into the Palestinian state. 7- Before becoming a state, the Palestinians would have to carry out extensive reform of their laws and institutions, including implementing a new governing system; granting its people due process and basic human rights and freedoms; end all  incitement to and incentivizing of terror; end  all glorification of terror and martyrdom; disarm Hamas; and adopt a culture promoting peace. The goal of the plan is to create a Palestinian state beside Israel, living in peace and security. The implementation would be facilitated through extensive international investment. 


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