Former Israeli PM: Jerusalem must be partitioned

Former Israeli PM: Jerusalem must be partitioned

(AP) Former Israeli PM: Jerusalem must be partitioned
By AMY TEIBEL
Associated Press
JERUSALEM

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is urging Israeli leaders to relinquish the idea of a unified Jerusalem if they truly want peace.

Olmert contends that years of government neglect have kept the Jewish and Palestinian sectors divided.

The comments, made as Israel marked the 45th anniversary of capturing east Jerusalem, were nearly unprecedented for mainstream Israeli leaders and put him at odds with his successor, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Celebrating Israel’s control of Jerusalem, Netanyahu declared his government was committed to keeping Jerusalem Israel’s undivided capital.

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