JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to a settlement neighborhood of annexed east Jerusalem Monday wrapping up his reelection campaign with the claim that only he would keep the city united.
The rightwing incumbent has repeatedly accused his center-left challengers Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni of being ready to abandon Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its indivisible capital in peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
“The important thing is to keep a unified Jerusalem,” he told Channel 2 news on the final day of campaigning for Tuesday’s election.
Netanyahu was to head to Har Homa, a particularly controversial settlement neighborhood on Jerusalem’s southern outskirts where building began in 1997 during his first term as premier.
Construction at the site, which lies between Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and the southern West Bank, prompted the Palestinians to break off peace talks in protest at the threat to the viability of their promised state.