Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said today the Palestinian Authority would not agree to share sovereignty over the Har Habayis in Yerushalayim in the course of a peace deal with Israel, but would allow freedom of worship for Jews in the Western Wall Plaza.
Addressing about 300 Israeli students at a meeting in Ramallah, organized by the Lobby for the Promotion of a Solution for the Israeli-Arab Conflict and by a Palestinian group for promoting Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, Abbas added that he sees no reason to re-divide Jerusalem, adding that a Palestinian municipality could be established in East Jerusalem, which will coordinate with an Israeli-controlled West Jerusalem via a higher body.
Abbas dismissed Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s demand for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish state, and said he is not responsible for Israel’s demographics. “If Netanyahu wants such recognition, he can turn to the United Nations,” he said. Read more here.