Netanyahu Opposes Framework Dividing Jerusalem
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced to senior officials in his government that he won't agree to any division of Jerusalem in framework agreements. Sources previously revealed that US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposals would divide the capital under international management.
Netanyahu has claimed he won't sign any document which in any way allows the establishment of a Palestinian Authority (PA) capital in Jerusalem, no matter the price to peace talks, according to Haaretz reports Friday morning.
On Thursday, sources in Jewish Home reported that Chairman Naftali Bennett was ready to quit the coalition if a framework of Israeli withdrawals was adopted.
Kerry's interim plans reportedly would have Jerusalem follow the model of the Vatican, whereby the Old City and the Temple Mount would be a sort of autonomous region under joint international management, including Israeli and PA representatives.
Reports by a senior PA official on Monday further clarified that Kerry's plan would divide part of Jerusalem to the PA, while Jordan would have jurisdiction on holy sites in the Jewish capital.
In contrast to Netanyahu's firm language, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman recently told the British news source The Telegraph that Israel should accept Kerry's offer.
Liberman called the framework deal "the best proposal we can get and we really appreciate the efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry. He has really put a lot of energy into the issue."
"With or without a comprehensive solution, Israelis and Palestinians will continue to live together in neighborliness," claimed Liberman. "There are many problems, but it's very important that the recent ongoing conversations continue."