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President Rivlin Opens 50th Jerusalem Day at Western Wall

President Reuven Rivlin at Western Wall on Jerusalem Day, 2017 (Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO)

The people of Israel began the celebration of fifty years of a reunified Jerusalem at sundown today. The Times of Israel reports that President Reuven Rivlin led the Jerusalem Day ceremony that began at the Western Wall:

President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday opened the 50th annual celebrations of Jerusalem Day, which marks Israel’s reunification of the Holy city in the 1967 Six Day War, saying that the country will always “insist” that Jerusalem is its capital.

“We will always insist on Jerusalem. There never has been, there will never be any other reality. Here, in these stones, beats the heart of the Jewish People,” the president said at the official ceremony at the Western Wall in the Old City.

“Jerusalem is the heart of the State of Israel, and the Kotel (Wall) is the heart of Jerusalem,” said Rivlin, whose family has lived in Jerusalem since 1809.

“We gave our all for Jerusalem because we knew that on Jerusalem we must insist,” he said at the ceremony marking the capture of East Jerusalem and the Old City...

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