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    • Noah
    • 11.03.10 | 14:38 (IST)

    The Israeli Government must be very clear in its message to both the Palestinians and Americans - Jerusalem is not up for negotiation! If it means the 'peace talks' break down before they even start....so be it. If anyone thinks the division of Jerusalem will lead to peace breaking out in the region they are mistaken. It will be seen as a sign of weakness. What will be next...Haifa, Jaffa, etc. There are valid legal arguments why East Jerusalem is not occupied land. It was never proposed under the Partition Plan for Jordan to acquire sovereignty over that part of the City, yet they waged an aggressive war and conquered it. Therefore Jordan's ownership and sovereignty was considered illegitimate between 1948-67. Israel, who acquired the territory in a defensive war has a strong case that it was able to assert sovereignty because it was never Jordanian in the first place. If sovereignty was legitimately Jordanian, there would be a case to answer....but alas that is not the case.

    from the article: Deputy FM tells U.S.: Israel won't make any more concessions
    First published 10:24 11.03.10 | Last updated 22:00 11.03.10
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