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Jerusalem mayor plays with fire in threat to Palestinian homes

The mayor of Jerusalem has threatened to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem if the Amona settlement is evacuated.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem February 23, 2015. Barkat and his security guard wrestled a Palestinian attacker to the ground near city hall on Sunday after an ultra-Orthodox Jew was stabbed with a knife at a busy intersection. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR4QSB2
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Your Amona will bring back the intifada,” a Palestinian security source told Al-Monitor. “How come you can’t see that?”

He was referring to the Israeli right wing’s effort to prevent the court-ordered evacuation of the unauthorized settlement of Amona. According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, extensive joint Palestinian-Israeli efforts in recent months to restore calm and prevent Palestinians from carrying out terror attacks in Israel could go down the drain, just for the sake of appeasing a few settler families in an unauthorized West Bank outpost built on privately owned Palestinian land. “This time we won’t be able to stop the violence, because popular sentiment will have changed,” he warned.

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