RIYADH - Amid criticism over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Saudi Arabia has reportedly proposed an alternative to the Palestinians.
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The Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman has submitted a proposal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a visit to Riyadh in November, the New York Times reported on Sunday (3/12/2017).
In a proposal he called Israel's peace initiative with the Palestinians, Saudi Arabia proposed the Abu Dis area as the capital of Palestine.
In other words, Saudi Arabia expects Palestinians to release East Jerusalem as the capital of the country.
Abu Dis itself is a city in Palestine that is close to East Jerusalem.
Another contents of the proposal says Palestinians will have a territory that is not bordering the West Bank or Gaza Strip, which they will have only full sovereignty, while the majority of Israeli settlements will remain.
The proposal also explains that Palestinian refugees and their descendants living in other countries have no right to return to Israel.
According to the newspaper, quoted by Middle East Monitor, Saudi Arabia gave two months to Palestine to consider the offer.
However, the proposal immediately rejected and angered Palestinians and activists who insisted that Jerusalem was their capital.
Meanwhile, the Saudis will confirm the details of the plan.
Saudi Arabia says it remains committed to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative that includes a Palestinian state on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.