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I am a twenty one year old student currently in my fourth year of a double major in history and political science with a minor in religious studies. I was raised in Thornhill and now now live in the beautiful Northern Ontario city of Sudbury. I am proudly political. Which you will have no problem noticing. You will also find that I am proudly Zionist and proudly Liberal. Of note; my opinions are not reflective of any candidate I may be attached to, nor are they intended to insult or be libelous to any person, place, or thing.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Abu Mazen aid: Kotel is ours

An adviser to Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen -- known on this side of the world as Mahmoud Abbas -- said the Kotel (also known as the Western Wall) should be under Palestinian control.

Adnan Husseini, aide to the Palestinian Authority president, said Thursday that Palestinian demands for Israel to cede eastern Jerusalem under any peace accord also includes the Western Wall.

"This is part of Islamic heritage that cannot be given up, and it must be under Muslim control," Husseini told Israel's NRG Web site, adding that all of Jerusalem's Old City should be part of a future Palestinian state. He made similar comments in an interview with Israel Radio.

The Kotel is a last vestige of the Second Temple, which was razed by the Romans in 70 CE. Today it abuts the Temple Mount, which houses Islam's third-holiest shrine. Muslims refer to the wall as Al-Burak, a reference to the Prophet Mohammed's horse, which he is said to have tethered at the site.

Abu Mazen had no immediate comment on Husseini's statements, which appeared to contradict several past land-for-peace proposals that had won international consensus and called for Israel to retain control of the Western Wall and Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City.

Husseni's assertions caused uproar in Israel's right-wing opposition, which accused the Olmert government of escalating the Palestinian Authority's territorial demands by proposing a division of Jerusalem into two capitals for two peoples.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said a future peace accord with the Palestinians would require Israel to give up on some of its long-standing national claims but did not specify a plan for Jerusalem.

This speaks badly for the possibility of peace and further proves that Israel lacks a partner in its quest for peace.


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