Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Tuesday that Israel would never cede control of occupied East Jerusalem, according to a bureau statement quoted by Israeli news reports.
The statement came after Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said last week that Netanyahu would discuss making East Jerusalem the capital of a future Palestinian state, a position accepted by most of the international community.
Netanyahu "has not changed his declared stance, and insists in all his political talks that united Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty in any peace agreement and that Israel's defense borders will not be paved back to the 1967 lines," the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth quoted the statement as stating.
Israel captured Palestinian East Jerusalem in 1967, declaring it the "eternal, undivided capital of Israel." The international community has never agreed to Israel's claims, and thus maintain embassies in Tel Aviv.