- Israel, Saudi Arabia Hold ‘Secret Talks’ on Curbing Turkish Presence in Jerusalem
Secret communications have been ongoing between Israel and Saudi Arabia focused on giving the kingdom a pivotal role in the management of Islamic endowments in occupied Jerusalem, an Israeli newspaper revealed, though authorities quickly refuted the allegations.
The Riyadh-Tel Aviv meetings included “sensitive calls that were carried out in secret through diplomats and high level security parties from Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia, as part of efforts to advance the deal of the century deal,” the Israel Hume newspaper reported, citing high-level Saudi diplomats.
The report also revealed Jordan’s initial vehement opposition to any changes in the Islamic Endowments Council in Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has now changed due to the ongoing “intensive” Turkish role in the holy site.
According to the newspaper, the Jordanian party stopped objecting to the expansion of the Islamic Endowments Council and agreed, in an exceptional step and contrary to the Oslo agreements, to include Palestinian representatives in the council following the events of the Bab al-Rahma unrest last year and the metal detector crisis in 2017.
The report also accused Palestinian delegates, through their membership in the council, of paving the way for “Iranian and Turkish elements” to establish a foothold in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, through various associations that received tens of millions of dollars in funding from the Turkish government based on alleged “clear orders from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan”.