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Settlement construction freeze not accepted: Israeli minister
Settlement construction freeze not accepted: Israeli minister
Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel
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Occupied Jerusalem, Al Ray - Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu expressed his utter refusal of dividing the occupied city of Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem is the heart of the nation of Israel." Hebrew media reported Netanyahu as saying.

The statement came during a festival held to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the 1976 Middle East war.

'Israel' occupied Jerusalem (Al-Quds) during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

The housing minister, for his part, stressed that he would not accept settlement construction freeze in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestine are Jewish civilian communities built on lands occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Such settlements currently exist in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights.

Settlement expansion has continued unabated, despite being condemned by almost all other nations and the UN.