But the Egyptian tapes are seen as reinforcement of the new reality: Saudi Arabia - referred to by the Times as "the most influential Arab state" and the author of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative - has accepted Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem as has Egyptian President al-Sisi.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have called for maintaining the historical and legal status of Jerusalem, amid tension following US decision to recognize the holy city as Israel's capital.
Under a broad global consensus, the fate of Jerusalem is to be determined in negotiations.
Last December, Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and made a decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the disputed city.
Trump tweeted this week that, "We pay the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars a year and get no appreciation or respect".
The city's fate is a central issue in the ongoing peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and later annexed the eastern half of the city in a move that was never recognised by the global community.
Both Fatah and the Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas repeatedly called for violent Palestinian "day of rage" riots in the weeks that followed President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
In a Twitter tirade last week, Trump conditioned the continuation of USA aid to UNRWA, one of the primary sources of humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees, on the Palestinians' "coming to the negotiation table" with Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of backing an immediate halt of USA aid to Palestinians, while he reiterated his call for the dismantling a United Nations agency created to help Palestinian refugees.
The agency plays a significant role in supporting Palestinian refugees with access to education, healthcare, social services and employment in the occupied Palestinian territories and in neighbouring states.
In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a process that officials say will take at least three years. Trump's ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a longtime supporter of right-wing Israeli causes, has continued to fuel suspicion that the administration is hostile to Palestinian aspirations.
The United States is the largest donor to UNRWA, with a pledge of almost $370 million as of 2016, according to the organisation's website.