Palestinian visit divides Knesset

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The Independent Online
THE SPEAKER of the Palestinian Legislative Council paid a ground- breaking visit to Israel's parliament yesterday, drawing shouts of "shame" from right-wing Israeli politicians.

Ahmed Korei, also known as Abu Ala, did not address the assembly but said later he hoped his visit to the Knesset would allow Israelis and Palestinians to use their legislatures to advance the peace process.

His appearance seemed mainly to divide Israeli politicians, who squabbled loudly over whether Korei's tour helped or hindered Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital. A shouting match ensued after the new Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg, ushered in Korei