An Israeli minister made a shocking revelation that Trump had obtained a green light from Arab countries for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Yisrael Katz, Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Intelligence, claimed that the US administration had coordinated the move with Arab leaders prior to the decision, to ensure they would help contain Palestinian and Arab reactions.
Katz said that some Arab governments’ reliance on US protection will determine the nature of their reactions.
Speaking about Saudi, Katz said that Riyadh would take into account “shared security interests with Israel,” particularly in relation to common foe Iran.
Katz labelled Trump’s decision as ‘historical’, as it heads off any attempt by the Palestinians to invoke UN resolution 181 to partition Jerusalem and claim the Arab part of the city as their own under international law.
Several Arab leaders were informed a day before the announcement was made.
Trump has been criticized by the Arab leaders for his move. An emergency meeting of the Arab league has also been called to discuss the issue.
The rumours have it that Trump’s move could be part of the so-called Deal of the Century, which allegedly offers the town of Abu Dis close to Jerusalem as an alternative Palestinian capital.
The reported deal is said to have been discussed between Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, however, Saudi Arabia has denied the reports.
Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital, a claim which is not accepted by the majority in the world, saying its status should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians.
East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, is considered occupied Palestinian territory under international law.
The Palestinians hope it would become the capital of their future state once agreed in final status negotiations with Israel, according to the 1993 Oslo Accords. Trump’s move puts this hope in serious jeopardy.