[November 5, 2013] Israeli Finance Minister, head of the Yesh Atid â€śThere is Futureâ€ť Party Yair Lapid stated that the future of Jerusalem is not a subject for discussion in Israeli Palestinian negotiations, and that Jerusalem will always â€śremain the united capital of Israelâ€™.His statements came during an interview with Israeli Radio Channel 2 (Reshet Bet).
Lapid said that Jerusalem is the â€śsignificant soul of the state of Israelâ€™, will never be divided, and that â€śthe Palestinians need to understand they cannot achieve all of their demandsâ€ť.
His statements came after some media reports indicated Tuesday that direct Israeli-Palestinian talks also include the future of occupied Jerusalem.
The Finance Minister alleged he believes in a two-state solution, and that Israel â€świll pay a high priceâ€ť by withdrawing from certain territories, dividing lands and eventually removing some settlements in the occupied territories.
He added that any decision concerning a withdrawal or removing some settlements would lead Israel into a new election, or at least a public referendum.
Israelâ€™s occupation of Palestine, its settlements and its apartheid wall, are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory.