Status of Jerusalem a key issue at Mideast talks
JERUSALEM (AP) — The status of Jerusalem will be among core issues discussed at the U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians that start today in the disputed city.
Israel considers Jerusalem the political and religious center of the Jewish people and is unwilling to divide it.
But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says there can be no agreement without a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.
Jerusalem's Old City contains sites that are sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Palestinian scholar Mahdi Abdul Hadi says, "That is why the Palestinian position should be an open city, a shared city, two capitals, two flags, two municipalities."
Roy Folkman, an advisor to Jerusalem's mayor, says the city's boundaries could be adjusted. But he says Jerusalem should be "a united city under Israeli governance" that gives "equal rights to everyone."
210-a-14-(Mahdi Abdul Hadi, founder of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, in AP interview)-"city, shared city"-Palestinian scholar Mahdi Abdul Hadi says the future status of Jerusalem involves more than one issue. (13 Aug 2013)
Created: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:14:52 EST
Updated: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:14:52 EST