The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Jerusalem
The U.S. administration will ask Israel to withdraw from four Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, which will likely become the capital of a future Palestinian state, according to an Israeli press report.
Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reported Friday that U.S. officials had informed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman about the plan during the latter’s visit to Washington last week.
“The transfer of control over the neighborhoods — Jebl Mukabar, Isawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis — was presented to Lieberman as just one piece of the larger peace plan the administration has been working on over the last year,” the newspaper reported.
“Israel, the [U.S.] officials indicated, would be expected to accept the plan once it is presented despite the potentially painful concessions,” it added, without naming the U.S. “officials” in question.
Publicly, however, U.S. officials have denied the report, telling the Jerusalem Post: “President Donald Trump’s plan has not yet been completed but has entered its final stages of development.”