Lapid: J'lem shouldn't be capital of a Palestinian state

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May 20, 2013 09:30

 
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Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Jerusalem should not be the capital of any future Palestinian state in an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday.

“Jerusalem is not a place, Jerusalem is an idea,” Lapid told the Times on Thursday, adding that “Jerusalem is the capital of the Israeli state.”

In regard to Israeli settlements, Lapid said he would make no move to obstruct their "natural expansion" in the West Bank.

The finance minister told the Times that land in east Jerusalem should remain in Israeli hands according to the 1967 lines, stating “we didn’t come here for nothing.”

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