As reports published in the Saudi newspaper «al-Watan», citing sources in the White house, the Saudi authorities managed to thwart the plan of the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to create a «greater Jerusalem».
According to the publication, the Advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Gerald Kushner, Deputy Advisor to Donald trump on national security Dina Powell and special envoy for Palestinian-Israeli settlement Jason Greenblatt discussed with the representatives of the Kingdom of the resumption of the peace process.
Quoted by «al-Watan», the source reported that the U.S. administration opposes the law providing for the extension of the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem and the application of Israeli sovereignty on the included in its composition settlements outside the «green line.»
According to him, it was under US pressure, Netanyahu refused the bill. However, the position of Saudi Arabia was crucial. The latter confirmed to the edition and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.
As the newspaper notes, the bill aroused the indignation of the Palestinian politicians. Its implementation would lead to the isolation of the three Arab districts, strengthening the Jewish majority in the city and did the impossible turning Eastern Jerusalem into the capital of a Palestinian state.
Recall: the Israeli government announced that at the request of the U.S. consideration of the bill postponed. «The Americans asked to understand the essence of the law. We are working in coordination with them, so you should go meet them,» — said Netanyahu.