Arab MK Submits Bill to Divide Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Arab MK (member of Knesset) Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al) submitted a bill to the Knesset on Monday that would pave the way to divide Jerusalem between Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Tibi's bill proposes canceling Basic Law, which would annul the government's annexation of the eastern half of Jerusalem, which came under Jewish sovereignty following the 1967 Six Day War.

According to Tibi, who registers at Arab conferences as a Palestinian citizen, Jerusalem's holy sites, such as the Temple Mount, should be under Arab control.

Meanwhile, a recent survey released on Monday showed that 83 percent of Israeli youngsters between the ages of 12 and 18 oppose the division of the nation's capital as part of a final status agreement with the Palestinians, The Jerusalem Post reported.

While 6 percent favored dividing Jerusalem, 11 percent were undecided.

Of those opposed to division, 60 percent called Jerusalem the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish state, 24 percent believe in the concept of a Greater Israel (expanding Israel's borders), and 15 percent believe dividing Jerusalem would torpedo a peace deal.

In contrast, half of the 6 percent believe dividing Jerusalem would advance the peace process, while 38 percent of the same group said Jerusalem should be shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims, and 12 percent said most Jewish Israelis have no interest in contested areas.

Seven hundred youngsters participated in the poll, conducted by Shin1.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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