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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday insisted that all of Jerusalem will always remain under Israeli sovereignty.
Speaking at a Jerusalem Day ceremony marking 42 years since the city’s reunification in the Six-Day war, Netanyahu did not refer to Palestinian demands to declare east Jerusalem the capital of the state they want to establish.
“United Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided,” he said.
The ceremony was held on Givat Hatahmoshet, a hilltop in northern Jerusalem where a bloody battle took place during the Six Day War between IDF troops and Jordanian soldiers. Also in attendance were President Shimon Peres, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, opposition leader Tzipi Livni and IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.
In his address at the ceremony, Peres noted the special place of Jerusalem in the Jewish people’s history and in the hearts of Israelis.
“The size of Jerusalem is measured not by its geography but by its history,” said the president. “Geographically, Jerusalem has no distinction; no river runs through it, there is no beach nearby and the mountains surrounding are not extraordinarily high. But there is no city in the world with a historical wealth to match Jerusalem, both political history and spiritual history.”