As US President Donald Trump described "the Deal of the Century" in Washington on Tuesday (January 28), the head of IDF intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman, gave a speech at a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in which he commented on the plan. He also spoke as the IDF reinforced its troops in Judea and Samaria following the Palestinian declaration of a "day of rage" following the peace plan's release.
Maj. Gen. Hayman emphasized that "it would not be professional to discuss the implications of the deal before we have seen it." However, he pointed out that "it can be assumed that this thing will influence the public, the youth. And also the Palestinians and the Arab world. It will influence the countries and the leadership of countries. In all three we expect to see effects and we will try to study them."
Meanwhile, the head of the INSS, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Yadlin, praised Trump but expressed reservations about the danger of annexing territory.
"It is certainly possible that what happened to the (peace) plans of previous presidents will also happen to the Trump plan. It will receive applause, sit on a shelf, gather dust, and in the end be thrown into the dustbin of history. The Palestinians have already made clear that they completely reject it," said Yadlin.
"The second option", the former general pointed out, "is that the government of Israel will announce annexation. Annexation is dangerous. It may block the path to any future political agreement and to any attempt to separate from the millions of Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria. At the end of the day it may bring about the nightmare of a single state. Such a state will not be able to be both Jewish and democratic. It will cause the collapse of the Zionist dream."
"The third option: gradual exchanges, coordinated with the Americans and the Arabs, without unilateral steps while establishing borders, security arrangements and demographics that will enable a Jewish, democratic, secure and moral state. It is important to maintain the option of two states without giving the Palestinians a veto on the future and character of Israel," Yadlin said.
Meanwhile, the US released a travel advisory for government employees and their families regarding the Old City of Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The advisory followed the call for demonstrations and a "day of rage" announced by Palestinians following the release of President Trump's peace plan.