Hamas chief: US sees Jerusalem suburb as future Palestinian capital

Gaza, The leader of the Hamas on Tuesday claimed the United States is formulating a peace plan that would offer the Palestinians a suburb of Jerusalem in the West Bank as the capital of their future state.

“The plan involves building a bridge linking Abu Dis to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with the ostensible aim of ensuring [Palestinians] access to the mosque,” the news site quoted Haniyeh as telling Gaza tribal leaders.

Haniyeh’s reference to Abu Dis came after The New York Times reported earlier this month that a Saudi peace proposal presented to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas included establishing the capital of a future Palestinian state in Abu Dis rather than in the heart of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as their future capital.

In response to the report, Riyadh insisted it remained committed to its own longstanding Arab Peace Initiative, which would include an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines and a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem in exchange for normalization with the Arab world.

Haniyeh also claimed the plan envisions dividing the Temple Mount — which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque — into “three separate parts” and said the Gaza Strip would be an autonomous region within a Palestinian state.

Haniyeh said his terror group had received information about the alleged plan, but didn’t say where the details came from.

Recognizing a ‘Jewish’ state

The Hamas leader also alleged US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “part of ongoing efforts to terminate the Palestinian cause within the context of a so-called ‘deal of the century.’”

He said the move “has implications for the reconfiguration of the entire region and the [Arab and Muslim] nation[s],” which he claimed “will come at the expense of Jerusalem and Palestinian rights.”

Source- The Times of Israel

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