Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu pledged on Sunday not to divide Yerushalayim in his pursuit of a two-state solution with the Palestinians, during a ceremony at Ammunition Hill in Yerushalayim to mark the unification of the city 49 years ago, during the Six-Day War, the Presidents’ Conference Daily Alert reports.
“Israel wants peace. I want peace. I want to renew the diplomatic process to achieve peace. But peace, if it’s achieved, will come through direct talks between us and our neighbors, at the end of which they will recognize that Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish people…. Those who deny that Israel is the homeland of the Jews, who deny our claims to Jerusalem and turn the Temple Mount into an instrument of incitement and hatred, have a long way to go before they are ready for peace.”
At a later event he spoke of how Israeli rule of Yerushalayim provides a safe haven for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. “There was no peace for the religions until Jerusalem was under Israeli sovereignty. Someone was always dispossessed. It is only when we watch over the city, under Israeli sovereignty, that there can be freedom for the three religions.”
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel