Rice says US did not promise Abbas J'lem vote

The United States refuted Monday night Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' statement that the US had promised him that Palestinians in east Jerusalem would be able to vote in the upcoming PA parliamentary elections. A spokesman for the State Department said that while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had met with Abbas, she believed that the question of enfranchisement for Palestinian residents of Jerusalem was one that would have to be solved between Israel and the PA, Army Radio reported.