Prime minister Netnayahu r on Sunday dismissed a call from a key government partner Defense Minister Ehud Barak to share the holy city of Jerusalem with the Palestinians.
Defense minister, Ehud Barak of the centrist Labor Party, called for sharing Jerusalem with the Palestinians. But at start of the Cabinet Meeting Netanyahu said Barak's idea does not reflect the government's view.
"They represent the long-held views of the defense minister but don't represent the views of the government as a whole," he said.
Palestinians blasted Israel's rejection of their claim to east Jerusalem.
"Mr. Netanyahu is distancing himself not from Barak, he is distancing himself from international consensus, he's distancing himself from international resolutions and distancing himself from international law," said Palestinian spokesman Husam Zomlot. "And most importantly, he's distancing himself from any possible negotiated settlement based on the two-state solution."