Erekat: Romney's comments unacceptable


A senior Palestinian official said Monday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's assertion that Jerusalem is Israel's capital is "absolutely unacceptable."

Romney, who met Sunday with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state; and said that should he be elected, the US Embassy in Israel would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Palestinian officials have largely remained silent during Romney's Israel trip, and Saeb Erekat's comments Monday marked the strongest public criticism so far of the candidate.

The Palestinians seek to establish a capital in east Jerusalem.

Erekat said Romney's comments are "disturbing," reward "occupation and aggression" and go against long-standing US policy.



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