welcome to bbc news. i'm mike embley. our top stories: president trump lays out what he calls a plan for peace in the middle east. after 70 yea rs of little progress, this could be the last opportunity they will ever have. the proposals are roundly rejected by palestinians, by the leaders who had no part in the process and the people who took to the streets. i would like to say to them, thatjerusalem is i would like to say to them, that jerusalem is not i would like to say to them, thatjerusalem is not for sale, and all our rights are not for sale and not for bargaining. deserted cities as the death toll from coronavirus in china exceeds 130. foreign governments begin to evacuate their citizens. huawei, the chinese technology firm, is allowed a restricted
role in the uk's 56 mobile network despite security warnings from the us. and a special report from antarctica where a glacier the size of britain is melting at an alarming pace. hello to you. president trump has announced what he's called his ultimate deal for middle east peace. one of the world's most intractable conflicts. it gives israel sovereignty over all its settlements in the occupied west bank while promising the palestinians an economic bonus and future statehood. the proposal also promises to keepjerusalem as israel's undivided capital. no palestinian officials were involved in the proceedings, and they have already rejected the proposals. our middle east editorjeremy bowen was at the white house announcement, and has this report. in the east room
of the white house, it felt more like a party than a press conference. donald trump and benjamin netanyahu congratulated each other. their entourages clapped and whooped. as everyone knows, i have done a lot for israel, moving the united states embassy to jerusalem, recognising... applause ..recognising the golan heights. applause and, frankly, perhaps most importantly, getting out of the terrible iran nuclear deal. applause and now comes a document that attempts to seal israel's victory in a century—long conflict, which palestinians will read as surrender terms, not a peace proposal. it almost exactly replicates mr netanyahu's deepest beliefs about israel's security and its right to the land most of the rest of the world says is occupied
palestinian territory. for too long, far too long, the very heart of the land of israel, where our patriarchs prayed, our prophets preached, and our kings ruled, has been outrageously branded as illegally occupied territory. well, today, mr president, you are puncturing this big lie. in gaza tonight, palestinians demonstrated. their side has been deeply divided. opposition to the trump document could finally unite them. the palestinians were already boycotting the trump administration because of its root and branch upport for israel. the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, wasn't a party to the proposals and rejected them straight away. translation: i say to trump and netanyahu, jerusalem is not for sale.
all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargaining. they are arguing about land ca ptu red they are arguing about land captured in israel in the 1967 middle east war. for a generation, the consensus has been no peace is possible without a palestinian state on the land with a capital in jerusalem. today, the land is sliced up by walls, wire and checkpoints. the trump man wa nts to checkpoints. the trump man wants to throughout the old consensus to offer a sort of state to the palestinians if they agree to restrictions approved by israel. and israel has a chance to get bigger with what looks to be a green light when next territory it wants, like here in thejordan valley. the timing suits the two leaders, a distraction from elections and serious charges. high crimes and misdemeanours fortrump, high crimes and misdemeanours for trump, bribery and corruption for netanyahu. this may be the deal of the century for the israeli government, but it is not for the palestinians.
it could create a sense of frustration, anger and hopelessness, which, in such a combustible part of the world, is dangerous. jeremy bowen, bbc news at the white house. at least 10 palestinians have been injured in clashes with israeli forces in protests against the plan. the demonstrations in the israeli—occupied west bank came as the palestinian leader, mahmoud abbas, said his response to the deal was "1,000 times no." our international correspondent orla guerin has spent the day in the west bank gauging palestinian opinions. bethlehem before sunrise. palestinians rushing to a day's work in israel, those lucky enough to have permits. movement is tightly controlled. that's life under israeli occupation. and few here today were expecting a new dawn from the white house. do you have any hope
for the peace plan from donald trump? "no, no, no," says ibrahim, a father of seven. "they don't want to give the palestinians their rights. "the plan has failed even before it's announced." a view echoed over coffee in ramallah. that's an hour away or triple that if there are delays at israeli checkpoints. here, we met some of the oslo generation, palestinians who grew up with the peace accords signed in 1993. they say the trump deal ends that era and it's time for a new strategy. it finally spells the death of the peace process that many assumed would lead to a palestinian state, and instead opens the door for us as a new generation to begin building a type of resistance movement based on what nelson mandela did. so, this is the end of the peace process
as we know it? this is the end of what i would call the illusion of a peace process. do you think you will still be living under occupation in ten years‘ time, 20 years‘ time? everything, all israeli policies against palestinians, are happening at such high speed, that it's terrifying to think of where we're going to be five years from now. and tonight on the streets of ramallah, a vow to return to the intifada, the palestinian uprising. the crowd here was small. chanting sound and fury, perhaps. but also, weariness and resignation. the white house says it may suspend all china—us flights amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. china's national health commission says the death toll has risen to 132 with nearly 1,500 new cases confirmed, taking the total number of confirmed cases to nearly 6,000. meanwhile, hong kong has announced stringent
new measures to stop the spread of the virus. from there, rupert wingfield—hayes sent us this report. if carrie lam was aiming to calm fears in hong kong about the coronavirus, her face mask sent a different message. mrs lam is under huge pressure 110w to shut the border with china, and, today, she partially capitulated. "intercity services to china will be suspended," she said. "flights will be cut by half. ferries will also be stopped." by thursday morning, the number of people crossing into hong kong from mainland china behind me here should be dramatically reduced. there will be no more ferries, no more trains and no more mainland tourists. it is a very dramatic move that is being made by the hong kong government, but people here have very painful memories of what happened with the sars virus
back in 2003 and they now fear the same, or something worse happening again. doctors are leading the cause here for a complete border shutdown. they fear hong kong's hospitals could be quickly overwhelmed. we have to do this now and we have to do this in a very decisive manner, before we have more knowledge about the disease, more knowledge about the virus, how long is the incubation period, what can we do to treat these patients? from the epicentre of the viral outbreak, more extraordinary pictures today. wuhan is the seventh—largest city in china, with a population larger than london. it is not the government that has done this, it is fear. britain today advised against all but essential travel to mainland china and the foreign office is now finalising plans to evacuate the more than 200 britons who are trapped
inside wuhan city. america has become the first country to begin evacuating its citizens. for the lucky few, it's a huge relief. it's been pretty scary. i mean, we have basically been under house arrest. you can't really go anywhere. m ost pla ces are just closed down. there are now signs of panic buying in other parts of china. these pictures are from beijing. with many new cases of infection being confirmed outside wuhan, anxiety about the virus is spreading too. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in hong kong. the chinese technology firm, huawei, has been granted a limited role in the uk's ultra—fast 5g mobile phone network. the decision came despite pressure from the trump administration to block huawei's involvement, alleging that it could make the uk vulnerable to surveillance or sabotage by chinese authorities. huawei denies any involvement in espionage.
it is definitely not the truth. why wait is a country, over the past 30 years, we serve the population, we have a very strong track record. the risk of what we are giving up the risk of what we are giving up by the risk of what we are giving up by adopting huawei as a part of any part of our telecommunications infrastructure or even worse, allowing huawei to control the 5g networks in countries like the uk or in the united states of america is a dangerous path forward. let's go live to honolulu. let's speak tojohn hemmings, an associate professor at the daniel k inouye asia—pacific center for security studies. i know you are speaking in a personal capacity, but you know what you are talking about. what do you make of all this? well, it is kind of a surprise. it was an unexpected surprise. american diplomats have been going to london for the past
two weeks to have last—minute talks with the uk site to try to persuade them against this move. of course the uk site has tried to explain a number of key government documents released today, the risk mitigation strategies for incorporating what they now call an incorporating what they now callan un— incorporating what they now call an un— trusted vendor into the system, 35% periphery, but it is still a surprise given how much is changing in the world. the chinese role and the new orwellian systems, and generally the background of where they are headed under xi jinping. given the nature of restricting huawei on the way it has been talked of? this is the key i have been chasing this for a long time. that is the great debate between the two sides, the australians and the americans on one side and the americans on one side and the uk on the other. the answer
seems to be if we want to be technical about it is that presently in the 4g network it is possible to distinguish between a periphery and a choral, in which case the cause is where the sensitive data is kept and the periphery where you and i the consumer interact with that data. people who know technically or gifted on the topic basically assessed that over the next five years, 5g will continue to evolve so it becomes more virtualised and the corporate distinction begins to break down. so by adding huawei now, eventually the uk is looking itself into this kind of rigid physical structure. that could be problematic years down the road. so it is a little bit of save money now but avoid the actual, some of the great... 5g. essentially it is edge computing capabilities. very briefly, if you don't mind, why do you think the uk has taken
this decision? the uk to some extent is suffering under brexit, and need for investment and displays of investment, a little bit of elites capture. the chinese in london, and to another extent there is also the sense that this is a danger, it is hard to quantify how these technologies are going to be a part of our lives and how they might risk democratic institutions. and also, we have to remember the united states shift on china, shift inside china with xi jinping, it is very recent, the last two years where this debate has been pushed. professor, thank you very much indeed. thank you. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the end of the road — lagos plans to ban motorbike and tricycle taxis.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump has announced what he's called his ultimate deal for middle east peace, giving israel sovereignty over all its settlements in the occupied west bank while promising the palestinians an economic bonus and future statehood. in a televised address from ramallah, the palestinian president mahmoud abbas rejected the proposal, calling it "a conspiracy which will not pass". well, let's look at reaction to the plan now and the international response has been mixed. egypt is among the countries to welcome the proposals, its foreign ministry said it "appreciates the continued efforts made to reach a comprehensive and just peace for the palestinian cause. " the eu says it will "study and assess the proposals on the basis of commitment to a negotiated and viable
two—state solution". turkey's foreign ministry said in a statement, adding: iran put it even more bluntly: and contrasting with the eu's lukewarm response, the uk foreign secretary welcomed the deal for both sides, saying: sara herschorn is an assistant professor of israel studies at northwestern university in chicago. shejoins me now. what are you thinking about this plant has yellow is very discouraging because you can't really have an israel palestine peace plan without at least one of the negotiating partners appearing at the table as you
mentioned in your broadcast, the palestinian leader vowed a thousand nose to the trump peace plan so it seems stillborn at its birth. it doesn't seem to be a deal in the usual sense of a deal. very much so, i wouldn't even consider it to be a peace plan. what it truly is the united states, israel, a negotiated unilateral annexation and conflict management plan that puts forward various proposals for israel's activities on the ground both in the settlements and in jerusalem, ground both in the settlements and injerusalem, as well as various regional security arrangements. it doesn't really give us very much of a blueprint of negotiation processes going forward. in essence, the devil is in the details and there are quite a lot of details but no roadmap to get to the details themselves. the trump administration would say, has said, there really was no movement at all. surely movement at all. surely movement is better?|j
movement at all. surely movement is better? i think they have put some creative ideas on the table that have not been seen before although i would remind your audiences that large parts of these plans are actually borrowed from the oslo peace accord, israeli policy positions from the 19905. policy positions from the 1990s. there isn't all that much that is new there, although some creative thinking that could be used going forward in bilateral negotiations without the buy in of the palestinian public and its leadership to this plan as well as the support of regional powers, i don't see how this could go forward. several commentators, i do and have been reading your twitter feed as well, i say this is a useful distraction for two embattled leaders domestically. our president facing an impeachment trial gives license to a prime minister who only with a ca reta ker minister who only with a caretaker government at the moment who is himself indicted to start annexing large tracts of unoccupied land. will have to what the israeli prime minister does on sunday when he
and some of his ministers who outflank him from the right have vowed to begin advancing on territory on sunday morning. i'm not sure he will be prepared to deliver on such a bold promise given the instability may cause in the region, as well as to his own electoral prospects. certainly fortrump, electoral prospects. certainly for trump, this will become another manus the station of a wedge issue in the american presidential campaign in 2020. thank you very much for talking to us. a major scientific project has confirmed fears that a glacier in western antarctica — which is the size of great britian — is disappearing more quickly than previously thought — due to warmer ocean waters. our chief environment correspondent — justin rowlatt and camera operator jemma cox — travelled across west antarctica with a team of scientists — trying to understand how the thwaites glacier is changing. until this year only four people have ever been here, the front of what they call the
doomsday glacier but what is happening here is crucialfor us happening here is crucialfor us all. this icu is very accessible to change so if we are thinking about what is the level going to look like in ten yea rs, level going to look like in ten years, this iglesia is going to be the place to be and this is the location to be asking these questions. standing right on the —— glacier. questions. standing right on the -- glacier. the chaos of broken ice at the front of thwa ites broken ice at the front of thwaites is almost 100 miles wide and is collapsing into the sea at two miles per year. it sits at the heart of a vast basin of ice in western antarctica. the glacier is the size of britain and contains more than half a metre of sea level rises. but if thwaites goes, much of the west antarctic ice sheet will too and there is three millimetres more locked up in that. it is enough to swamp many of the great cities of the world and drive hundreds of millions of people from their homes. getting here is not easy. it ta kes getting here is not easy. it takes five weeks just to get the science teams and their equipment to the front of the
glacier. this is a historic moment, the first time anyone has tried to drill down through this glacier. but the 600 metres of ice below me is the most important point of all, the point at which the ice meets the ocean water. it is difficult work but deploying instruments under the ice is the only way to begin to understand the processes at work here and to make accurate predictions about how the sealevel rise in the future. this is a world first. the first time anyone has seen at the place where this glacier goes afloat. the point where it begins to melt. it will take decades, maybe more than a century for thwa ites decades, maybe more than a century for thwaites to melt but it is melting and we need to know how quickly if we're going to protect ourselves as the world's oceans rise. let's get some of the day's other news: republican senators have met to discuss how to prevent witnesses from testifying in president trump's impeachment trial. they could include the former
national security adviser, john bolton, who reportedly claims the president directly withheld security aid to ukraine for his own political benefit. earlier, mr trump's defence team wrapped up its legal arguments with an appeal for an acquittal. the american public—service radio network, npr, has protested to the us state department after one of its reporters was barred from travelling with the secretary of state — mike pompeo — on his trip to europe. mr pompeo was angered by an inteview with npr in which he was closely questioned about us relations with ukraine. he is reported to have shouted and sworn at the presenter of the programme after the interview. homes and office buildings in miami, florida and in mexico have been evacuated after a powerful earthquake hit the caribbean. the epicentre of the quake, with a magnitude of 7.7, struck out at sea betweenjamaica and cuba. a tsunami warning was briefly issued, although there were no reports of any injuries.
nigeria's business capital, lagos, plans to ban motorbike and tricycle taxis from its major roads. the motorbikes known locally as ‘okadas' are the city's most common form of transport, but cause many fatal accidents. rich preston reports. these are the offending bikes. and okadas which as of next month will be banned on the streets of lagos. this bustling city of 20 million people whose reputation for terrible traffic precedes it. officials say there are manus and play a big pa rt there are manus and play a big part in scary figures for fatal road accidents and drivers often flout the law. but the bikes area often flout the law. but the bikes are a lifeline for thousands of people here, giving them a vital source of income. i had on the news yesterday that the okadas, it is our work. for this,...
there is a problem for us. and now if they ban okadas... and for many ordinary people, they are the only way for people to get around the city's clogged streets but the decision has been made and as of saturday, these drivers and their passengers will have to find a new way to get around. it is the end of the road for the kekes and okadas of lagos. a reminder of the menus again, president trump has announced what he is calling his ultimate dealfor middle east peace. one of the world ‘s most intractable conflicts. it proposes giving israel sovereignty over all of its settle m e nts sovereignty over all of its settlements in the occupied west ba n k settlements in the occupied west bank while promising at the palestinians, who had no say in initiations, and economic bonus and future statehood. there is much more
on that and more and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbc mike embley. hello there. temperatures are set to climb over the next few days, after what has been for some of us a brief taste of winter. there's still enough snow and indeed moisture lying on the ground to give the potentialfor some icy stretches through wednesday morning, which could cause some travel problems. temperatures as we start the day around about freezing, dropping below freezing across parts of scotland. probably not quite as cold as it was on tuesday morning, but still cold enough for some frost and some ice. we start wednesday under the influence of a weak ridge of high pressure, so there will be some dry weather around. this frontal system, though, will introduce rain into the northern half of the uk as we go through the day.
in fact, northern england, northern ireland and scotland, we'll start off with some showers. still wintry over the highest ground here, and then the wet weather works its way in, scraping across the north of northern ireland, working into a good part of scotland, with some snow over high ground. in fact, before the day is done, parts of highland scotland could see a further 10 cm of snow. perhaps something a little bit brighter across the far north of scotland. some very heavy rain developing across central and southern parts of scotland, and it will be quite windy here. some rain into northern ireland at times, certainly some of that rain getting down into northern england. more cloud into wales in the south—west, producing maybe the odd spot of rain and drizzle. but further east, through the east midlands, east anglia, the south—east, holding onto some sunshine. and it's going to be milder than it has been. highs of ten or 11 degrees. now, as we go through wednesday night, this rain will pull its way northwards across scotland. further south, a lot of dry weather, yes, but an awful lot of cloud
to roll its way in. could turn a little bit murky in places, damp and drizzly, but much, much milder. those are the temperatures as we start thursday morning. a bit of rain into the far south—west as well, you will notice, but all of that cloud coming up from the south—west. very moist and very mild airflow. see these orange colours spreading right across the chart, pushing the cold air away. so, as we go through thursday, rain moving across scotland, some of it heavy, with some brisk winds. down towards the south, we keep a lot of cloud, the odd spot of drizzle, some slightly more persistent rain perhaps for a time for the far south of england and the channel islands. but look at the afternoon temperatures — double digits for most of us. 10 degrees in glasgow, 12, 13 easily down towards the south. as we going into friday, we could see some outbreaks of rain pushing south—eastwards, and some more rain later in the day as well into the north—west of scotland. it is another mild day, particularly down towards the south. it may be that temperatures drop a little bit in northern areas later in the day.
the headlines: president trump's new peace plan for the middle east has been embraced by israel, but condemned as a conspiracy by the palestinians. they were offered no part in the process. his proposals offer israeljerusalem as its capital and recognition of its west bank settlements. palestinians are offered cash and a truncated territory threaded between settlements. the authorities in hubei, the chinese province at the centre of the outbreak of a new respiratory virus, have reported a further 25 deaths. across china, the total number of infections now stands at almost 6,000. the world health organization said stopping the spread of the disease was its top priority. the united states says it is disappointed at britain's decision to give the chinese telecoms company huawei a limited role in the development of its 5g mobile network. the government in london said huawei would be excluded from sensitive sites, including military bases and critical infrastructure.