Israeli Arabs fear for their future under Trump's peace plan
(ISRAEL): In the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, residents are scared and angry at the US president. UU. Donald Trump The peace that sees them as part of a future state.
At the same time, the agreement of the century would give the Jewish state a green light to annex pieces of territory in the occupied West Bank, where more than 400,000 Israelis live in settlements considered illegal under international law.
In Umm al-Fahm, a hilltop city of more than 50,000 people in northern Israel, locals are horrified by a clause on page 13 of the 181-page plan, which would change their Israeli citizenship for interests of the settlers.
As part of an exchange of territory, Trump's agreement, entitled Peace To Prosperity, could transfer control of the Arab triangle, a group of 14 cities and towns where more than 260,000 Israeli Arabs live, from Israel to a disputed Palestinian state.
The Vision contemplates the possibility, subject to the agreement of the parties that the borders of Israel will be redrawn so that the Triangle Communities become part of the State of Palestine, reads the text published by the White House.
That idea was well received by former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the secular nationalist party Yisrael Beitenu, who proposed such a change in 2004. But the residents of the triangle consider it a bitter pill to swallow.
We do not take this lightly. This situation is very serious and I'm very scared, said Rosine Zaid, sitting in a cafe in Umm al-Fahm.
We are not going to let that happen, adds her friend Lubna Asali, between sips of coffee.
A group of five teenagers, shawarma meat sandwiches and soft drinks in his hands, let's say they will participate in a protest against Trump's plan that will take place on Saturday at Umm al-Fahm.
We are ready to defend our land. We are against this program, said Abdel, 16.
Apoya un estado palestino, pero con his capital en Jerusalén, que el plan recognized as the undivided capital of Israel.
If they want to get us out of Israel, we want Jerusalem to follow us, he says.
Trump's proposal does not advocate the physical relocation of triangle residents.
Instead, it would change the status of his communities, turning them into a Palestinian enclave, isolated from the neighboring West Bank by an Israeli barrier erected during the bloody second Palestinian intifada in the early 2000s.
Temen que, como ciudadanos de un estado palestino, perderían los beneficios de la próspera economía de Israel, his sistema de salud y bienestar y la libertad de ingresar a Israel, donde muchos de his relatives have lived since before the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.
We are part of the Arab minority in Israel and we live in our national land, says Yousef Jabareen, a member of the Israeli parliament and a native of Umm al-Fahm.
"We refuse this plan , we want to continue to exist both socially and politically.
I am Arab, I am Palestinian and I am also a citizen of the State of Israel, he added, and said he feared the triangle would become a landlocked canton in Israel.
Jabareen, which belongs to the opposition alliance of the mainly Arab Joint List, says it implements plan reduciría la población árabe de Israel y erosionaría his influencia.
The Arabs currently total about 1.8 million, about 20 percent of Israel's population.
The Trump plan would take about 260,000 Arabs out of that total, leaving the remainder politically weaker, Israeli La ONG árabe Adallah escribe en his sitio web.
"According to the plan , the residents of the earmarked communities would remain in his casas, pero las fronteras de Israel simplemente se redibujarán para dejarlas fuera de his frontera , dice.
If it is executed, he says, it would cause a demographic change through a separation for racial reasons. The Jabareen Joint List supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rival, Benny Gantz, as prime minister in the September general elections.
But neither was able to gather enough votes to form a government and a new poll is scheduled for March, the third within a year.
Gantz backs the trump plan and has said he will submit it to Israel's parliament for its endorsement in the coming week, drawing fire from Israeli Arabs.
For former MP Mohammed Barakeh, his choice at the polling booths will be clear.
"It will be the Arab list against the entire Israeli political establishment," he said.