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article imagePalestinians: Jerusalem will not remain undivided Israeli capital

By Paul Iddon     May 28, 2014 in Politics
The Palestinian Authority has reiterated its desire to see to Jerusalem divided as part of a future Palestinian state. This reiteration comes after the Israeli Prime Minister declared Jerusalem would always remain Israel's undivided capital.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the Israeli Knesset on the occasion of Jerusalem Day that Jerusalem would remain and will always be the undivided capital city of the State of Israel.
The Palestinians want the eastern part of Jerusalem to be the capital of any future Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution.
Jerusalem Day, Yahoo News reminds us, is an annual event which marks the moment in 1967 that Israeli soldiers entered the city's eastern Old City which had been hitherto Jordanian occupied.
This years Jerusalem Day saw a little bit of violence. International Business Times reports Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed at the Temple Mount in the Old City before the days celebrations. Four of the former received slight head injuries from the rubber bullets and tear gas used to suppress rioting. An Israeli police officer was also hurt when a rock was thrown at him by one of the protesters.
The Temple Mount is the most sacred site in Judaism. It is also the third holiest site in Islam, Jews aren't allowed pray there for this reason.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, said there will be no peace agreement unless Jerusalem is divided.
Rudaineh says that this position is shared by the regional Arab states as well as the broader international community. He says that if Israel does not accept this and see to the establishment of an East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state alongside Israel then that will have "grave consequences and would not contribute at all to the prospects of achieving peace."
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