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Trump releases long-awaited Middle-East peace plan

US President Donald Trump has presented his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, promising to keep Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital.
He proposed a two-state solution and said no Israelis or Palestinians would be uprooted from their homes.
Standing alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Mr Trump said his plan "could be the last opportunity" for Palestinians.
Palestinians have already all but rejected the leaked proposals.
The blueprint, which has been shrouded in secrecy, was drafted under the stewardship of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The plan aims to solve one of the world's longest-running conflicts.
Thousands of Palestinians protested in the Gaza Strip earlier on Tuesday, while the Israeli military deployed reinforcements in the occupied West Bank.
"Today, Israel takes a big step towards peace," Mr Trump told officials and reporters at the White House.
"My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides, a realistic two-state solution that resolves the risk of Palestinian statehood to Israel's security."
His proposals are:

The US will recognise Israeli sovereignty over territory that Mr Trump's plan envisages being part of Israel. The plan includes a conceptual map that Mr Trump says illustrates the territorial compromises that Israel is willing to make

The map will "more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem", where Mr Trump says the US would open an embassy

Jerusalem "will remain Israel's undivided capital"

An opportunity for Palestinians to "achieve an independent state of their very own" - however, he gave few details

"No Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes" - suggesting that existing Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will remain

Israel will work with the king of Jordan to ensure that the status quo governing the key holy site in Jerusalem known to Jews as the Temple Mount and al-Haram al-Sharif to Muslims is preserved

Territory allocated to Palestinians in Mr Trump's map "will remain open and undeveloped for a period of four years". During that time, Palestinians can study the deal, negotiate with Israel, and "achieve the criteria for statehood".
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