February 14, 2020
A New Update on Interactive Map Provides Context for Territorial Solutions in Trump Peace Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's "Settlements and Solutions" project has been updated to include proposed maps from the Trump administration's "Peace to Prosperity" vision, the research institution announced today.
The Trump administration's peace plan, unveiled last month, demonstrated that territory remains one of the major components of a future two-state solution.
"Settlements and Solutions," an interactive map of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, is a first-of-its-kind product from the Washington Institute's Project on Arab-Israel Relations, helmed by Ziegler Distinguished Fellow David Makovsky. A crucial resource for politicians, policymakers, and journalists, this tool depicts the geographical and demographic delineation of settlement activity, providing important context and detail for what a future two-state solution would have to take into account.
"When we plugged the Trump administration's proposed peace plan into our project, it was like going from black-and-white to color film," remarked David Makovsky. "With our map, we're able to see what the effect of this plan would look like, on the ground, in every single settlement in the West Bank."
Although Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has recently walked back statements intending to apply Israeli law to West Bank settlements immediately as a result of the Trump peace plan, he has since stated that if elected he would move forward with legislation that would effectively annex 30 percent of the West Bank, with or without an agreement with the Palestinians.
"Settlements and Solutions" allows users to delve into the details of the Trump peace plan, which grants Israeli sovereignty to over 113 settlements in the West Bank, encompassing nearly half a million settlers. In addition, the interactive map depicts the 77 settlements, with a combined 104,000 people, that lie outside both the Green Line and security barrier, including the 15 separate enclaves of Israel within the proposed Palestinian state subject to Israeli administration.
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About the Washington Institute: The Washington Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research institution funded exclusively by U.S. citizens that seeks to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Drawing on the research of its fellows and the experience of its policy practitioners, the Institute promotes informed debate and scholarly research on U.S. policy in the region.