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Jerusalem United (200x200)Netanyahu: Yes to peace, no to dividing Jerusalem

June 6, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Sunday not to divide Jerusalem in his pursuit of a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

“The idea of a divided, split, wounded city is one we will never return to,” Netanyahu said as he spoke at a special ceremony at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem to mark the unification of the city 49 years ago, during the Six Day War.

“We will never abandon the Kotel and our ties to the Temple Mount will never be denied,” Netanyahu said.

Later in the evening, at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, he said: “We will not be ousted from our city or our land. I will not oust people from their homes and we will not be ousted from our homes.”

He spoke of the important of Israeli rule to the vision of a heavenly Jerusalem that provides a safe haven for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

“There was no peace for the [three] religions until Jerusalem was under Israeli sovereignty. Someone was always dispossessed. It is only when, under Israeli sovereignty, we are watching over the city that there will be freedom for the three religions.”

Netanyahu spoke as the international community was hardening its stance with regard to a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines, with east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

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