Netanyahu: Jerusalem will remain united (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Boaz Fyler Published: 05.20.12, 19:48)
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Prime minister warns that partitioning Jerusalem could result in
religious war. Speaking in Jerusalem Day state ceremony he
says, ´Israel without a united Jerusalem is like a body with a weak
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that partitioning
Jerusalem could result in a religious war.
Speaking at a state ceremony marking Jerusalem Day in the capital´s
Ammunition Hill, Netanyahu said: "If we place this quadrate of the
Temple Mount in the hands of others, I doubt we will be able to avoid
a religious war.
"I know what history has taught us: only under Israeli sovereignty
were peace and quiet among the faiths maintained."
Netanyahu further added, "Israel without Jerusalem is like a body
with a weak heart. Never again will our heart be divided.
"A nation willing to sacrifice its heart would convince its enemies
it has no desire to fight for anything. Jewish history has changed
forever: the divided city has been united and will stay that way.
"Our generation has a great privilege of witnessing the realization
of the words of the prophets. It is up to our generation to secure
this change for generations to come."
President Shimon Peres, who also attended the ceremony, said: "The
Jewish longing for Jerusalem is unparalleled." In a message of peace,
he remarked: "We will always cherish and respect Jerusalem´s
residents and visitors of all faiths. We shall honor their holy
places and their right for freedom of religion."
"The crowing glory (of the Six Day War) that gave it great spiritual
meaning and that struck a chord with every Jew in Israel and the
world was Jerusalem," he said.
"Jerusalem was and is the Jewish people´s first city," Peres added.
"In its entire history, Jerusalem has never been so great, open,
versatile, lively and yearning for peace as it is today."
The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Nir Barkat, IDF Chief of
Staff Benny Gantz, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and bereaved
families. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/20/12)
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