The Jerusalem Post reported that the Trump administration will demand that Israel withdraw from four Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem in exchange for the official move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14.
The four neighborhoods – Jabal Mukabar, Issawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis – are expected to form the capital of a future Palestinian state.
U.S. officials are said to have presented the new condition to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during his visit to Washington last week, less than two weeks before the scheduled move.
While in Washington, Liberman met with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.
Along with the concessions expected of Israel, the Post reports “the administration has promised its full support in the event of a widespread conflict with Iran or Syria. The administration has told Israel it would supply the IDF with significant support, including advanced weaponry, if a war broke out with Iran, even one instigated by Israeli action against Iran’s presence in Syria. Last month, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians will not accept any U.S. plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
The Middle East Monitor reported: “While details of the [Trump administration’s] plan have been sketchy, the Palestinian Authority has confirmed that Abu Dis was offered as a future Palestinian capital. The Saudis along with the Americans have been piling pressure on Abbas to endorse Trump’s plan being put together by [Kushner, Greenblatt] and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.
“Full details… are expected to be unveiled shortly after the embassy move… U.S. officials, approached by the Post, categorically denied the report saying that President Trump’s plan has not yet been completed but has entered its final stages of development.”