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Trump's deal deconstructed: The status of Al-Aqsa

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound has played a prominent role in previous peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian political leadership.

Trump's plan calls for the following:

1) "People of every faith" should be permitted to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound - raising questions on whether incursion of Israeli settlers in the area will be normalised, in violation of existing regulations.

2) Jerusalem should remain under the same "governance regimes that exist today" while remaining under Israel's full control of Jerusalem. 

3) Muslims who "come in peace" will be welcome to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Worshippers can visit the mosque via a "special tourism zone" in a future Palestinian state from Atarot - a few kilometres north of Jerusalem.

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound has long been a source of contention in the Israel-Palestine conflict (AFP)