Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday described the “deal of the century”, unveiled by US President Donald Trump, as “one-sided” and “utterly unacceptable” as it will only further the apartheid-like occupation over millions of Palestinians.
“This deal will only bring more conflict to the region, and will antagonize billions of people around the world,” Mahathir said at the third conference of The League of Parliamentarians for Al-Quds.
He said the plan also hands the holy city of Jerusalem on a silver platter to Israel in absolute disregard for the feelings of millions of Muslims and Christians worldwide.
Mahathir said it was a one-sided deal hatched by the United States and Israel without consultation with the Palestinians that spiked any attempts to bring peace or justice to Palestine.
“This ‘peace plan’ acknowledges only the powerful occupier while completely ignoring the rights of the oppressed,” the Malaysian prime minister said.
He added that it was truly disappointing that after more than seven decades, only one side of the two-state solution had come into form? Israel? while the Palestinian people were still left struggling for justice, peace and a sovereign state of their own.
Mahathir noted that the plight of the Palestinians was a central issue for many international communities irrespective of religion, ethnicity or nation.
“Given the concern for the issue, it is incumbent upon us as citizens of the world to ensure the issue is not trivialized, dismissed or swept under the carpet,” he said.