Israel has rejected a proposal by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to form a state in recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as part of an ongoing push for international recognition of the city as Israel.
Israel rejected the Palestinian bid to establish a state as part on Wednesday of an attempt to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.
Palestinian leaders had been hoping to resume the talks with Israel’s government and the US after US President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order this month recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
But Israel rejected the proposal on Wednesday, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman telling a news conference: “We will not accept such an initiative.
We have rejected it.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also rejected the move, telling the conference: ‘I cannot accept the idea that we will be part of any future state, including Palestine.”
We will continue to live in the Land of Israel’Palestinian President Mahmoud Jibril said in a statement that Israel should accept the Palestinians’ recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and it should recognise Jerusalem as its capital.
“We will be living in the land of Israel, in the homeland of the Jewish people,” he said.
“As long as there is peace and security in the Middle East, the State of Israel will be here.”
He also said the Palestinians had the right to establish their own state in the West Bank, but it should not be recognized by Israel as Israel as long as it is based on the 1967 borders.
“The Palestinian Authority has a right to self-determination, and we will continue our fight for it,” he added.
Palestinian officials have previously made similar claims.
Earlier this month, Israel also announced it was cutting ties with the Palestinian Authority, the international body representing the Palestinian people.
Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war, is home to the Jewish Quarter, the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest site for Muslims, after Mecca and Medina.
Israel captured the Old City and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed them in a move never recognized internationally.
It annexed East Jerusalem in a 1967 move never recognised internationally.