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No Compromise on East Jerusalem, Shamir Says

March 14, 1990|From Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir today said he will not compromise on his demand for all Jerusalem, including predominantly Palestinian East Jerusalem, to remain Israel's capital just to give a positive answer to U.S. proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.

Shamir's statement, in a nationally broadcast speech to leaders of his right-wing Likud bloc, lessened the already remote chance that Likud's coalition with the center-left Labor Party could be reconstructed.

Labor leader Shimon Peres, the outgoing vice premier, suggested he would win a showdown in the Knesset (Parliament) on the peace issue, saying there is a "clear majority" in favor of going ahead with the U.S.-backed proposals.

"I think we have more than a fair chance to continue and start a dialogue with the Palestinians. This is the real topic on the agenda . . . ," he said.

Shamir also met today with rivals within Likud to strengthen his hand before a vote on a Labor-sponsored motion of no confidence Thursday that could end his leadership of the government.

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