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Former Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, told a meeting in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday that Hamas received information about a US plan that offered to a Palestinian leader, in order for Abu Dis to become the capital of Palestine. Abu Dis is a Palestinian village near East Jerusalem.
In a statement to local media, Haniyeh said the US government proposed to the Palestinian Authority that Abu Dis be the future Palestinian capital, linked to the Al-Aqsa compound with a bridge.
The plan also proposes to divide the West Bank into three parts and create an autonomous region in the Gaza Strip.
Abu Dis, a small village overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem to the southwest and the Jordan Valley to the east, is named by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a future Palestinian state, as reported in the New York Times on December 3.
"The plan also involves building a bridge connecting Abu Dis to the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex (in East Jerusalem) with the aim of directing Palestinians access to the mosque," Haniyeh said in a meeting with Palestinian tribal leaders, quoted by Middle East Eye.
"There are also talks to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex into three separate sections and create a political entity in the Gaza Strip that has certain privileges.
"The recent US decision on Jerusalem is part of an ongoing effort to stop the Palestinian issue in the context of the 'century' agreement." said Haniyeh about Trump's decision.
"The move aims to reconfigure all regions and countries (Arabs and Muslims), which will harm Jordan and the rights of Palestinians," Haniyeh added.
Abu Dis is considered a potential capital for the Palestinian government for two reasons.
The first is the geographical location. Abu Dis is the closest point to the Old City, which houses some of Islam's holiest sites including al-Aqsa mosque, which is managed and controlled by the Islamic Waqf of Jerusalem, a religious belief.
For this reason, it was planned to be the location of the Palestinian Legislative Council, where the Palestinian Authority was set up in Abu Dis in 1995. Established after the Oslo Accord, the council was created to draft Palestinian laws and regulations and administer the Palestinian Authority (PA) Authority. [ary]