Palestinians Demand Sovereignty Over Kosel

YERUSHALAYIM -

A Palestinian official said that the PA is demanding sovereignty over all areas of Yerushalayim liberated by Israel in the Six Day War, including the Kosel.

Mahmoud al-Habbash, minister of holy places in the Palestinian Authority, told reporters that “there will be no peace until the end of the Israeli occupation that began in 1967.” That includes Yerushalayim, “the Al-Aksa Mosque and the Western Wall.”

Asked what would happen if Jews wished to pray at the Kosel, al-Habbash said “they will be welcome, there will be no problem. There will be no limitations on freedom of religion and worship. Religious ceremonies are one thing, and politics are another.”

In addition, the PA’s Yerushalayim Minister, Abu-Ala, confirmed that the current round of negotiations was one of the most intense ever between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, owing to the persistence of Secretary of State John Kerry in bringing the two sides together.

But he warned of the danger of increased expectations. “Given the intensity with which the Americans are approaching this, there will probably be undesirable consequences if the talks fail.”