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Netanyahu: Jerusalem "Only Ever the Capital of the Jewish People"

Yesterday the people of Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day, which marks the reunification of the Jewish people and the Holy City. At the official ceremony in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the city is the Jewish people’s capital and will never be divided again:

Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the war dead from that conflict on Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the fiercest battles in the Six Day War, Netanyahu vowed that “Jerusalem won’t become once again a wounded and bisected city. We will forever keep Jerusalem united under Israeli sovereignty.”

“On this special day it is clear to us that a divided Jerusalem is a memory. The future belongs to the complete Jerusalem that shall never again be divided,” he said.

Netanyahu’s message was not meant for Israelis’ ears alone.

“Jerusalem was only ever the capital of the Jewish people, not of any other people,” he said in comments his office then sent to the media. “Here our path as a nation began, this is our home and here we shall stay.”

Netanyahu also lauded the city’s progress under Israeli sovereignty. “Jerusalem is now in one of its most glorious epochs. We continue to build and nurture her, to expand her neighborhoods, and we have much still to do and to improve in all parts of the city for all her inhabitants.”

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