Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that the PA would not establish a state without Jerusalem as a capital city. Abbas has demanded that Israel give the PA all areas of Jerusalem that fell under Jordanian control between 1948 and 1967, including the Old City and the Temple Mount.
Abbas made his statements during a meeting of approximately 400 Arab leaders in the Mukata compound in Ramallah. The leaders met “to promote the Arab nature of Jerusalem and to fight Israeli plotting.”
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that discussions over the status of Jerusalem would take place after negotiations on other “core issues,” such as the borders of a PA state. Shas party leaders say they will leave the coalition when Israel and the PA begin negotiating over Jerusalem.