Netanyahu: Jerusalem division will lead to Hamas control over city

October 15, 2007 15:28


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Any future division of Jerusalem will bring Hamas and Islamic extremism into the city, Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday. "Those who pray for the peace of Jerusalem must also pray and act for the unity of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty," Netanyahu said in an address to an international mayor's conference underway in Jerusalem. "The simple reality is that when Israel leaves, Hamas and militant Islam comes in," he said, citing Israel's 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. "An Israeli withdrawal from parts of the city will not bring about the end of conflict, but begin a conflict whose dimension and size cannot be imagined today." Netanyahu's comments come as Israeli ministers are openly talking about a future division of Jerusalem as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

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