In AP interview, Barkat says capital can only function as ‘united city which treats all residents and visitors honestly and equally’.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Nir Barkat said his administration has treated the city’s Arab residents honestly and equally.
Jerusalem’s mayor said Tuesday that any partition of the city as part of a future peace agreement will not work, insisting only a united city could function and thrive.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators recently resumed peace negotiations after a five-year lull. The Palestinians demand the eastern sector of the city as their future capital and consider any Israeli construction there illegal settlements that hinder the prospect of peace.
Barkat said thoughts of dividing the city should be off the table.
“It will never function, it will never work. It is a bad deal,” the former high-tech entrepreneur told The Associated Press. “Doing a bad deal is worse than no deal.”
Jerusalem is mentioned 801 in my NIV Bible. And 767 in the King James version.
In the Koran, Jerusalem is not mentioned, not even once. And before 620 A.D there was not a single Muslim in the World.
Why should the Jews surrender East Jerusalem, to the forces of Islam?
The Jews built Jerusalem. There is 3.000 years of Jewish heritage connection of this city, and the Bible explains that the Jews are eternally called to be caretaker of this city.
When the Islamic Kingdom of Jordan occupied East Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, the Jews were not only expelled from this part of the city. All the synagogues were burnt and destroyed.
Why do you want this carnage to be repeated, and East Jerusalem turned into a copy of Damascus?
Those who work for the division of Jerusalem are evil doers.
May Jesus the Messiah have mercy on their souls.
Written by Ivar