Ahead of this year’s celebration of the Israeli holiday of Yom Yerushalayim on June 5, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu today said that Israel’s historic ties to the Har Habayis and the Kosel sites do not need justifications or apologies.
“It’s so absurd, so ridiculous; I can’t get over it,” Netanyahu said in a special Knesset meeting. “Do people claim the Egyptians aren’t connected to the pyramids in Giza? It’s ridiculous.”
Netanyahu was criticizing the recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution that used language which ignores the historic Jewish connections to the Har Habayis, the Kosel and eastern Jerusalem. The prime minister reiterated that the Jewish ties to Yerushalayim and its holy sites date back to King David’s time and through the First and Second Botei Mikdosh.
Additionally, Netanyahu discussed Arab violence and incitement relating to the Temple Mount.
“Violence will not deter us or put our control over Yerushalayim in doubt,” he said, adding, “Yerushalayim deserves quiet. We cannot let anyone spark extremism.”
Netanyahu has repeatedly said that Israel will maintain the Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian “status quo” agreement for the Har Habayis, which includes a ban on Jewish prayer at the holy site.