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Netanyahu 'Not Impressed' by Muslim Leaders' Jerusalem Statements

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:48 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he was "not impressed" by Muslim leaders' statements on Jerusalem after they urged the world to recognize the city's eastern sector as the capital of Palestine.

"We are not impressed by all these statements," Netanyahu said in a speech, saying he believed many countries would follow U.S. President Donald Trump's lead and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

His comments came after an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), on Trump's move last week.

"The Palestinians would do better by recognising reality and acting in favor of peace and not extremism," Netanyahu said.

"They should recognise another fact concerning Jerusalem: It is not only the capital of Israel, but we also maintain respect in Jerusalem for the freedom of worship for all religions, and we are the ones in the Middle East who do this like no one else."

With the Islamic world mired in division, the summit in Istanbul fell well short of agreeing any concrete sanction against Israel or the United States.

But their final statement declared "East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine" and invited "all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital."

 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he was "not impressed" by Muslim leaders' statements on Jerusalem after they urged the world to recognize the city's eastern sector as the capital of Palestine.
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