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  Sivan 9, 5780 , 01/06/20

Report: Saudi Arabia, Israel holding secret talks with US mediation

Alongside the Deal of the Century drafted by US President Donald Trump, and the plan to apply Israeli law in the Jordan Valley and the major settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria, secret talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia, with American mediation, have been underway since December to integrate Saudi representatives into the Islamic Waqf Council on the Temple Mount, Israel Hayom reported.

Senior Saudi diplomats citing details confirmed to the newspaper that "these are sensitive and clandestine contacts that were conducted in ambiguity and low intensity through a limited team of senior diplomats and security officials from Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia as part of the contacts to advance the Deal of the Century."

According to a senior Saudi diplomat, a few months ago, the Jordanians - who have a special and exclusive status in managing the Islamic Waqf on the Temple Mount - strongly opposed any change in the Islamic Waqf Council's composition on the Temple Mount, but the change in Amman's stance came as a result of intense Turkish involvement in eastern Jerusalem in general and on the Temple Mount. .

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