MK proposes bill to declare Jerusalem Jewish capital 26Nov10 November 27, 2010

Ma’an News Agency -  26 November 2010

An Israeli MK has proposed changing Israel’s Basic Law to declare Jerusalem “the capital of the Jewish people,” the Hebrew-language daily Ma’ariv reported Friday.

Knesset member Zevulun Orlev sponsored the bill in April 2008, and the preliminary reading of the amendment was approved by a large majority in the Knesset. However at a vote on the amendment in October 2009, the Labor party vetoed the proposal.

But Orlev has asked to present the proposal once more, claiming that the Islamic world was leading a campaign to delegitimize the Jewish claim to Jerusalem, Ma’ariv reported.

Israel illegally annexed East Jerusalem following the 1967 war, a move not recognized by the international community. The UN considers East Jerusalem to be under occupation. Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of their promised state.

The fate of Jerusalem is one of the six final-status issues to be agreed in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

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