The “Trump Plan”, launched last January, imposed unprecedented requirements upon the Palestine Liberation Organization, as a “predicate” for the PLO – aka Palestinian Authority – to gain state recognition.

Such requirements distinguish this US administration from all earlier American governments, which made no real demands on the PLO.

Specifically, the new US Peace Initiative requires that the PLO must take the following “immediate” measures before any step is made towards recognition of a Palestinian Arab state:

  1. Revoke and overhaul current PLO school curricula, which incite violence.
  2. Nullify the unprecedented PLO law that bestows a gratuity for life on anyone who murders a Jew – and to the family of the killer,

In the words of the US peace plan:

“Palestinian leaders must embrace peace by recognizing Israel as the Jewish State, rejecting terrorism in all its forms”.

“Take all necessary actions to immediately terminate the paying of salaries to terrorists serving sentences in prisons, as well as to the families of deceased terrorists.”

“Palestinians shall have ended all programs, including school curricula and textbooks, that serve to incite or promote hatred or antagonism towards its neighbors, or which compensate or incentivize criminal or violent activity.”

Shockingly, however, the demands imposed upon the PLO by the Trump peace initiative are not being discussed anywhere at this time – when plans for July 1st are underway to apply Israeli sovereignty to 30% of Judea and Samaria, hand over massive swathes of land to the PLO, freeze building in 70% of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and allow the Palestine Liberation Organization army to patrol Route 60, a highway which transverses Jewish communities of Judea and Samara.

Even worse, Israel is now expected to allow at least 18, some say more, Jewish communities to survive as isolated enclaves.

To characterize this process as the “Trump Plan” would be a massive misrepresentation.

The one glimmer of hope is that this US Administration is sensitive to feedback.

The time has come to contact the White House Press office and the US embassy in Jerusalem to respectfully insist that President Trump enforce the very requirements that he imposed upon the PLO – “immediately”– in the precise words of the Trump Plan.

Made sure to communicate your concern to the White House now!

David Bedein is director of Israel Resource News Agency and heads the Center for Near East Policy Research, author of Genesis of the Palestinian Authority and Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered.

SOURCEIsrael National News


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.