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Bibi: Temple Mount Will Forever Remain Under Israel's Control

PM Netanyahu at Knesset on Jerusalem Day, May 24, 2017 (Photo: Yitzhak Harari/Knesset Press Office)

As Jerusalem celebrates 50 years of reunification, Israeli PM Netanyahu spoke at a special Jerusalem Day session at the Knesset, Israel's parliament. The Times of Israel's Marissa Newman reports that Netanyahu not only vowed that the Holy City will never again be divided, but also noted that Donald Trump's visit to the Western Wall "destroyed UNESCO's propaganda and lies" about Jerusalem:

A day after US President Donald Trump concluded a 28-hour visit to Jerusalem, the prime minister vowed the city would not be divided again.

During a plenum session marking the passage of 50 years since the Six Day War and the reunification of the city’s western and eastern halves, he pointed to the US president’s visit to the Western Wall as having “destroyed UNESCO’s propaganda and lies,” referring to a series of resolutions by the UN cultural body that ignored Jewish ties to the city and Israeli sovereignty...

“We liberated Jerusalem, we made it one city, imperfect but whole,” Netanyahu told lawmakers, at a session also attended by President Reuven Rivlin and Chief Supreme Court Justice Miriam Naor.

Before the Jews came to the city, there was “nearly nothing” in it; it was “forsaken and in constant crisis,” the prime minister said. During the 19 years between 1948 and 1967, the city again reached “a low,” he added.

“We will never return to that situation” of the city divided, he pledged. “The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty,” he later added.

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