US proposal includes possible transfer of Arab ‘triangle’ towns to Palestinians

The US peace proposal includes a reference to the possibility of land swaps that would see Israeli Arab towns in the so-called “triangle” southeast of Haifa handed over to Palestinian control — a possibility that has long been rejected by Israeli Arab leaders.

“These communities, which largely self-identify as Palestinian, were originally designated to fall under Jordanian control during the negotiations of the Armistice Line of 1949, but ultimately were retained by Israel for military reasons that have since been mitigated.”

It “contemplates the possibility, subject to agreement of the parties that the borders of Israel will be redrawn such that the Triangle Communities become part of the State of Palestine.”

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman, who has been espousing a population transfer for years, notices this clause and “welcomes President Trump… adopting my 2004 plan.”

Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman speaks with the media during a faction meeting in the Knesset on December 2, 2019 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

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