World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has denounced assertions by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) would remain the "united capital of Israel" as long as he maintained the premiership.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday after voting in Jerusalem's municipal elections, Netanyahu said the holy city would remain the "indivisible capital of Israel" as long as he remained at his post.
In a statement, al-Maliki said the PM's remarks constituted "a serious blow to the efforts of the US and the international community to render the peace negotiations successful between the Palestinians and Israelis."
Since 1967, Jerusalem – which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state – has remained under Israeli military occupation.
An Israeli ministerial committee for legislative affairs recently approved a draft law presented by MK Yaakov Litzman of the ultra-orthodox Yahuda Hatoura party that would make any negotiations over Jerusalem or the waiver of any land conditional on the approval of 80 of the 120 members of the Knesset (Israel's parliament).Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 15:22