The Israel-Palestine peace plan announced in January 2020 “is not a solution,” according to the Catholic bishops of the Holy Land in a communique dated January 29, 2020. They are against a “unilateral” initiative that might provoke a “bloodbath” in the region.
The plan, unveiled on January 28, 2020 by American President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is a “two-State solution” of a particular kind. Jerusalem would become the capital of the Jewish state, and the Palestinians would have to content themselves with an “East Jerusalem” relegated outside the city limits, in the villages situated east of the “separation barrier” built in 2002.
This plan would see Israel keep approximately a third of the West Bank, including the existing colonies and the Jordan Valley. A four-year moratorium would be established for the colonies in the future Palestinian territory. In exchange for this agreement, the Palestinian Authority would receive $50 billion in aid. But it has rejected this plan as a shameful capitulation.