- Trump once offered the King of Jordan the occupied West Bank, according to a new book.
- King told a friend he thought he was having a heart attack after Trump made the offer, according to the book.
- The US government has no authority over the West Bank and therefore cannot give it to anyone.
President Donald Trump offered in January 2018 to give the occupied West Bank to King Abdullah II of Jordan, saying he would give him a “good deal”, according to a forthcoming book, “The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017- 2021”. what was obtained by the Washington Post.
The occupied West Bank was not Trump’s to give away. The US government does not have the power to offer the occupied West Bank to any other person, country or entity. The territory is at the heart of one of the world’s most contentious, enduring and complicated disputes – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Abdullah II told an American friend that when Trump made the offer, “I thought I was having a heart attack,” according to the book, written by Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times. , and Susan Glasser, writer. for The New Yorker.
“I couldn’t breathe. I was doubled over,” the Jordanian monarch added, according to the book, which is due out September 20.
A Trump spokesperson did not return Insider’s request for comment.
The West Bank, a piece of land between Israel and Jordan, is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for decades. From 1950 to 1967, the West Bank was governed as part of Jordan. Israel captured the West Bank in the Six Day War in 1967 and Israeli forces have occupied it ever since.
Since the start of the occupation, groups of Israelis have moved into the West Bank to establish communities known as settlements. Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law by much of the world.
The US government has close ties to Israel, but has long advocated a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and expressed their opposition to settlements.
Trump has repeatedly undermined that goal by adopting an overwhelmingly pro-Israel stance that included controversial moves such as moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The Trump administration also broke with years of precedent in 2019 by announcing that the United States would no longer consider settlements to be inconsistent with international law.
In 2020, the Trump administration released its “peace plan” for the Middle East. Palestinian leaders quickly rejected the plan, given that they were not included in the discussions surrounding it.
The Biden administration has largely reverted to policies followed by the United States regarding Israel and Palestine before the Trump era, including condemning settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.