Report: US peace plan divides Jerusalem, keeps Israeli settlement blocs

Report: US peace plan divides Jerusalem, keeps Israeli settlement blocs

Children roll tires as they run along the Israeli security barrier wall in the east Jerusalem refugee camp of Shuafat on January 3, 2018. . (photo credit: AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS)

Two days after EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini warned the US against taking false steps on the peace process, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat report Wednesday that the plan Washington is hammering out calls for a demilitarized Palestinian state with limited sovereignty and borders that do not match the 1967 lines.

According to the Saudi paper published in London, the Arab states are unhappy with the framework and are trying to change it before it is presented.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco met earlier this week in Brussels with Mogherini and the 28 EU foreign ministers and said that the plan tilts toward Israel and is unacceptable to the Palestinians.