Ahmad Aql, the Palestinian Ambassador to Iraq, said in a February 15, 2020 interview on Al-Etejah TV (Iraq) that the Deal of the Century is part of an American framework and vision meant to enable Israel to control the entire Middle East, including North Africa, Iran, and Pakistan, even beyond the borders of what he referred to as "Greater Israel," which he said is Biblically mandated and the map of which he said is engraved on Israeli 10-shekel coins. He also said that the Arab Spring and terrorism in the region were used as part of this plot to fragment and weaken the region so that any individual component in the region would have to go to Israel for protection and help in achieving its goals.
Ahmad Aql: "There are three main regional powers in this region: Israel, Turkey, and Iran. [The U.S.] wants to give this region to a country in the region. Which country is this, as far as the U.S. is concerned? Israel. Therefore, the groundwork must be laid for Israel to be strong and capable of controlling this region."
Interviewer: "Mr. Ambassador, we are talking about the 'Deal of the Century.' [The Deal] goes further than 'Greater Israel,' right?"
Ahmad Aql: "In terms of geography, yes."
Interviewer: "In terms of geography or in terms of strategy?"
Ahmad Aql: "Both. In other words..."
Interviewer: "First, let's take the geographic aspect."
Ahmad Aql: "In terms of geography, the borders of 'Greater Israel' are found on the Israeli 10-shekel coin that is currently in use. [The borders stretch] from the Nile to the Euphrates, and they encompass a large part of Saudi Arabia, as well as Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan in their entirety, more or less. This is 'Greater Israel' in the geographical sense, and in the Biblical sense. But what is suggested now..."
Interviewer: "Is this on the coin?"
Ahmad Aql: "Yes, this map is on the Israeli 10-shekel coin to this very day. This is 'Greater Israel,' in a geographical sense. But what the U.S. and Israel want now goes much beyond that. They want the Middle East in its entirety – the entire region, the whole of North Africa, as well as Iran, Pakistan, and maybe Turkey too. They want this to be part of the new vision, according to which the leader of this region would be Israel. The leader that would be able to lead, defend, and develop this region would be Israel. This is why they tried to prepare the conditions in the last fifteen years through the so-called 'Arab Spring,' and through terrorism. What is the goal of terrorism? It is the fragmentation of societies. What happened in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and in every other place was fragmentation in each of these countries, so that each component – each little country – that would want anything in the future would reach the conclusion that the country that could protect it and the country that could [help it] in achieving its goals is Israel. Therefore, whenever anyone wants anything from the U.S. now, America says: 'Come to us through the Israeli gate.'"