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Negotiator Erekat: Jerusalem Will Remain Unified in Peace Deal

But, according to Palestinian analysts, the Palestinian street isn't interested and doesn't think it's affected by the peace process.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jerusalem. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer says Erekat now supports a unified Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jerusalem. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer says Erekat now supports a unified Jerusalem.
Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/FLASH90

According to a Kol Israel report on Saturday, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat has told U.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, on a visit to Jerusalem with a group of 36 Democratic Congress members, that by the end of the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Jerusalem will remain a unified city.

On Wednesday, Hoyer told a press conference in Jerusalem that Erekat had talked to him about “the necessity to live together with mutual respect.”

“I asked whether the [Palestinian] school curriculum would comport with that objective,” Hoyer said, saying that Erekat had indicated “that they had not done so perfectly, but he believes they are working on that and trying to get to that objective.”

Regarding the status of Jerusalem, Hoyer said Erekat had not specified what kind of sovereignty would be applied to Jerusalem, nor if it would be unified as a Jewish city.

Hoyer, and the majority of the U.S. Congress—according to the Whip—believe in significant alterations of the 1967 borders. He told Kol Israel that he believes the Palestinian right of return may only be realized within the future Palestinian state.

Meanwhile, Palestinian political analyst Abdel Majid Sweilam has told AFP: “The talks are doomed to failure. There’s no chance for success.”

And Israel’s scheduled Tuesday release of the first third of the group of 104 Palestinian terrorists imprisoned before the 1993 Oslo accords, would fail to appease the Palestinian public or convince them that the talks are serious this time, Sweilam said.

Palestinian analyst Hani Habib agreed: “The Palestinian street isn’t interested in, and doesn’t think it’s affected by, what happens in the peace process,” he told AFP. “The average Palestinian citizen has grown accustomed to years of there being no talks, and is more interested in their own wellbeing. The only elements of Palestinian society interested in the big (peace) issues are the politicians and the media.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Negotiator Erekat: Jerusalem Will Remain Unified in Peace Deal”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The 1st piece of REALISM I've seen from the Palestinian side, BUT HAMAS will never 'buy' this as they have NO INTENTION of ever making peace with Israel. All HAMAS has ever wanted was a 'piece-of-ISRAEL' – that is ALL OF IT!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just keep our American noses, out of their business. They are so much smarter thatn we willl ever. Its their country. What makes us think we can delve into their business, we can't even straighten ARE our country, but less theirs..

  3. Jean Perles says:

    JERUSALEM, CAPITALE INDIVISIBLE D, ISRAEL,
    HOMELAND OF JEW PEOPLE……………

  4. Anonymous says:

    We are dealing with Jewish People here. They are worse than the Italians when surrendering to the enemy. Israel for the sake of "peace" will give up half of Jerusalem, as well an 95% of the West Bank(Judea and Samaria) and get what in return? A worthless piece of paper meaning that in a few years there will be additional negotiations to discuss peace. In the meantime, Israel will be letting go 100's of prisoners with "blood on their hands" that will tell Palestinians and others that it is OK to kill Jews.

  5. Tim Upham says:

    Saeb Erekat is seeing the light of day about Jerusalem. There is simply no way the city can be politically and historically divided.

  6. Week at should watch his back for the pa dagger poised to puncture same.

  7. Erekat, not week(oops )

  8. Alan Kardon says:

    He said Jerusalem should be Unified, but he did not say under who's rule? He also has not stated that Israel has a right to exist? So far we have heard nothing new but we will be releasing terrorist again.

  9. Tim Upham says:

    Alan Kardon If he wants it united under the rule of the Palestinian Authority, and it is a pipe dream, and he knows it too. A mukhtar (head of a village) is East Jerusalem says he supports Jerusalem being unified under Israeli rule. He said "a border in the city, would be like putting a knife into the stomachs of two peoples."

  10. Yechiel Baum says:

    It is already a unified city, thanks to Israel and remains the capital of the Jewish State of ISrael. We do not need anyone telling us what is already a fact nor do we need anyones permission for it.

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