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Fatah demands return of Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Both east and west Jerusalem must be returned to Palestinian Arabs before peace talks can resume, the sixth Fatah General Assembly decreed Saturday.

Israel Radio reported the Palestinian political group has adopted a document declaring the return of both halves of Jerusalem was a non-negotiable "red line" in Palestinian-Israel relations, The Jerusalem Post said.

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The document reportedly declares Palestinians would "continue to be sacrificed until residents of Jerusalem are free of settlements and settlers," and stated that all lands conquered by Israel since the 1967 Six Day War be returned.

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told Israeli Radio the declaration was a clear message to anyone who believes the "illusion that the Palestinians were prepared for compromise," the Post said.

"The refusal to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state, the demand for a withdrawal to the 1967 lines and for the full right of return for Palestinian refugees -- this means wiping Israel out of existence," Katz reportedly said.

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