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Kollek Says an Independent Arab and Jewish Jerusalem Could Co-exist if Peace Came

Mayor Teddy Kollek expressed the “purely private” opinion here yesterday that “an independent Arab Jerusalem and an independent Jewish Jerusalem could exist side-by-side if peace came.” Mayor Kollek, speaking at a press luncheon, also said he did not believe he would be a candidate for re-election to the office of Mayor, a post he has held since 1965. He said that when all other regional problems have been solved, “the problem of finding expression for Arab sovereignty within a greater Jerusalem should not be a stumbling block to peace.” Mayor Kollek’s candidacy has been in doubt because the Israel Labor Party so far has not agreed to the conditions on which he said he would run. These include direct election of the Mayor by the city’s population and the inclusion of experts in addition to ward politicians on the City Council.