Netanyahu: Israeli construction in East Jerusalem is justified

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Monday that Israel would not accept Palestinian demands that it stop building settlements in East Jerusalem.

Appearing in an interview broadcast Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, Netanyahu called the Palestinian demand that Israel stop building in settlements “unacceptable” and said this long-standing Israeli government position is not his alone, but rather dates to governments led by Golda Meir, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.

Netanyahu has sought to minimize differences with U.S. President Barack Obama over the Middle East peace process. But he acknowledged on Monday that “we have some outstanding issues. We’re trying to resolve them through diplomatic channels in the best way that we can.”

During the interview, Netanyahu also urged the United States and the world to impose “crippling sanctions” on refined petroleum on Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapon.

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