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Jordan proposes Jerusalem become interfaith capital

JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 (JTA) — Israel denied this week that it had agreed to a Jordanian proposal to make Jerusalem a capital for the three great monotheistic religions. Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy said Sunday that King Hussein had not mentioned Jerusalem as a capital “of the three religions,” Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in any recent discussions with Israeli officials. Nor had the king sent a specific letter on the matter, Levy said. Levy said the king had suggested opening an interfaith dialogue on the future of Jerusalem as a religious center. King Hussein’s idea “is that religious leaders should meet and have a measure of dialogue about the status of Jerusalem and the holy places,” Levy told Israel Radio. “This is not a political statement.”