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Israel Accused Of Secret Talks Over Jerusalem

The mayor of Jerusalem accused the government on Wednesday of holding secret talks with Palestinians that compromise Israel’s control of the city.

Ehud Olmert said talks on the future of Jerusalem have been held in Europe and that top policy advisers for both sides are involved. Among the questions being discussed, he said, is: “Will sovereignty be divided or not, and how will it be arranged?”

Israel and the PLO promised in their peace accord to begin discussing the city’s status no later than May.

Palestinians want east Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital. Israel insists it will never relinquish sovereignty over all of the city.

Most foreign nations, including the United States, have never recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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