Amid Trump’s comments regarding the fact that after the presidential election he wants to hold a ceremony of signing a peace agreement between Israel and the Saudi Arabia, with King Salman and his son present there, Yori Cohen, the head of Mossad, has already stated that “normalization of relations with Israel will be a gift from Riyadh to the new US president – regardless of whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden wins.”
As previously reported by Israelinfo, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been secretly negotiating with the US since December 2019, to implement the “deal of the century” from the US President Donald Trump, and to include representatives of Saudi Arabia in the “Muslim Guardian Council for Holy Sites” on the Temple Mount. According to Arab diplomatic circles, Israel and the US are openly interested in Riyadh (and with it the UAE and Bahrain) supporting the “deal of the century”, including extending Israeli sovereignty to some territories in the West Bank.
One of the main objectives of these talks between the Jewish state and the largest Arab monarchy, according to Israel Hayom, is to prevent Turkey from increasing its influence in Palestinian affairs in the Guardian Council, particularly in the matter of protection of Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Saudi diplomats have confirmed to the press that these talks were conducted by small teams of diplomats and special service officers from Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia as part of the American peaceful Middle East initiative, titled “deal of the century”. As is well known, in recent years Saudi Arabia has been facing harsh confrontation with the current Turkish authorities.
It must be noted that the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount is the third Islam shrine after the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. In 1994, after the signing of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, the King of Jordan received a special status —Protector of Islamic shrines in Jerusalem — and the Jordanian monarch (at that time – Hussein ibn Talal) promised to transfer the authority to protect Muslim shrines in East Jerusalem to the Palestinians when they restore their rights in that part of the city. After Jordan’s decision to include Palestinian representatives in the Guardian Council on the Temple Mount,