Netanyahu: Al Qaeda to blow up Church of the Resurrection (Christianity's holiest site)

Source: Daily Telegraph 28 Jan 2009, by Damien McElroy in Jerusalem.

Mr Netanyahu, said terrorists would target the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Church of the Resurrection) – Christianity's holiest site, if Israel relinquished control of Jerusalem.

"Radical Islam is willing and will want to attack the symbolic heart of the Christian religion," he said. "This will incur a chain reaction we can't even envision. We will witness an escalation of religious conflict above and beyond the regional conflict we have now."

The leader of the Right-wing Likud opposition recalled that he had warned Islamic terrorists would detonate a nuclear device in the Manhattan World Trade Centre complex in a 1995 book, six years before the Sept 11 attacks.

Israel annexed Jerusalem after the 1967 war and has overseen a massive expansion of the city's Jewish population.

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