Speaking ahead of Jerusalem Day - which falls on June 5 this year - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out about the Holy City. The Jerusalem Post's Lahav Harkov reports that Netanyahu stated that Israel need not justify its presence in Jerusalem, and that the Jewish people will always be connected to their historic and biblical city:
Israel does not need to apologize for or justify its presence in the Jewish People’s historic city of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in a special Knesset meeting in honor of Jerusalem Day.
Netanyahu inveighed against the UNESCO decision last month ignoring Israel’s ties to the Temple Mount and Western Wall: “It’s so absurd, so ridiculous; I can’t get over it.”
“Do people claim the Egyptians aren’t connected to the pyramids in Giza? It’s ridiculous,” he exclaimed...
The prime minister detailed Israel’s ties to the ancient city, since the time of King David and through the First and Second Temple eras.
Netanyahu also discussed violence and incitement by Palestinians relating to the Temple Mount, saying that, ideally, there would be freedom of worship for all, but a lack of tolerance by some in the region prevent that ideal from coming true.