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Israeli PM Rejects Idea of Sharing Jerusalem


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (File Photo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (File Photo)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed the idea of sharing the city of Jerusalem with a new Palestinian state.

Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday the division of Jerusalem does not reflect his government's policy. Palestinians hope that mainly Arab East Jerusalem will serve as their capital, while the Israeli government has claimed all of Jerusalem as its capital.

Mr. Netanyahu's remarks come days after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack called for a sharing of Jerusalem in order to negotiate peace.

Palestinian leaders have expressed frustration and doubt about the future of peace talks, after the Obama administration abandoned efforts to persuade Israel to resume a freeze on the building of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian-claimed West Bank.

In violence Sunday, the Israeli military says its troops killed two Palestinians trying to enter Israel from Gaza. Israel says the men were spotted late Saturday near the security fence separating Israel from the Palestinian territory.

The Israeli military says one of its soldiers was wounded in an exchange of gunfire.

Violence along the border has increased in recent days.

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