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Jerusalem mayor would \'welcome\' Palestinian embassy, but not division

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Jerusalem mayor would \'welcome\' Palestinian embassy, but not division

Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat has declared that he is firmly against the idea of splitting his city between Israel and the Palestinians as part of a final resolution of their long-standing conflict, but he would welcome a Palestinian embassy in Jerusalem, together with embassies from other countries. Barkat said dividing Jerusalem would be like having a Trojan horse in the heart of the city. Jerusalem today is open for people to practice their religion freely, proving the city can be shared, he notes. Although legitimate security concerns limit some Arab movement in and around the city, one of the only restrictions on religious freedom in Jerusalem is that Jews and Christians are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount and certain other areas considered sacred by Muslims.

 

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