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Trump's 'deal of the century': Mideast plan imposes conditions on Palestinians

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24

Donald Trump is unveiling his so-called Deal of the Century, even though Palestinians and Israelis are not speaking. Timing is everything for a US president who is running for re-election while under impeachment and an Israeli prime minister who is running for re-election while under indictment.

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We ask about the reaction of the Palestinians, who have convened a rare meeting between Fatah, Hamas and the militant group Islamic Jihad. Unable to agree on the staging of long overdue elections there, what will be the strategy if the plan does indeed kill the last hopes of a two-state solution with Jerusalem as capital for both sides?

If it is a call to arms, will it play into the hands of an Israeli prime minister who earlier this Tuesday gave up on fighting for parliamentary immunity from corruption charges? Let's remember that Netanyahu is trying to break the political deadlock that has got Israelis heading to the polls next month for an unprecedented third snap general election in under a year. Will Donald Trump's deal be a vote-getter?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Marion Lefevre.

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