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Jerusalem should be capital of two states: Top EU diplomat

AFP , Saturday 8 Nov 2014
Federica Mogherini
The European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini (photo: Reuters)
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The European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Saturday that Jerusalem "should be the capital of two states", as tensions gripped the holy city hit by Israeli police clashes with the Palestinians.

"I think Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states," Mogherini told reporters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, touching on a sensitive issue that has blocked peace efforts for decades.

Her appeal, at a joint news conference with Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah, came hours after the killing of an Arab-Israeli by police fanned tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The shooting in northern Israel came after another night of clashes in east Jerusalem between youths hurling stones and firecrackers at police, who retaliated with rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.

The violence has spiked as Israel has pushed ahead with its policy to build Jewish settlements on lands the Palestinians want for a future state and against the background of efforts by Jewish extremists to secure rights to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.

"Jerusalem is not just a beautiful city, the challenge is to show that Jerusalem can be shared in peace and respect," said Mogherini.

"The message is not for the people who live here, the message is to the rest of the world," she said.

"It is not a Palestinian-Israeli situation, it is a global issue."

On Friday, Mogherini met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who dismissed her criticism of Israeli settlement building in occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

"Jerusalem is our capital and as such is not a settlement," he insisted.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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expat
09-11-2014 08:41am
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who exactly voted for this lady to speak in the name of the european people...exactly,nobody did, she was choosen in the common mafia way Brussels is always good at. What are her strenghts? unknown, but this comment on a high sensible issue shows, she is not qualified at all
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