During his speech at the opening ceremony marking 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated: “Jerusalem was and always will be Israel’s capital city. We didn’t occupy it – we freed it. The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will remain under Israeli sovereignty.”
Netanyahu Photo Credit: Hillel Meir/TPS/Channel 2 News
Yesterday (Sunday), thousands attended the opening ceremony marking 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification. The celebratory event included a sound and light show, aerial performances and performances by numerous Israeli artists. The Israeli president, prime minister, Knesset speaker and others were present. “Ladies and gentlemen, 50 years ago, sons returned to their borders,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated during a speech at the ceremony. “50 years ago, a historical wound was healed.”
“50 years ago, we returned to the heart of our capital and nation and 50 years ago, we did not occupy – we freed. With our soldiers’ valor and our nation’s pride, Jerusalem was once again united and therefore, I say to the world today in a clear voice: Jerusalem was and always will be Israel’s capital,” Netanyahu added.
“The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israel’s sovereignty,” Netanyahu continued. “But despite the brave and unique connection to Jerusalem, there are those who choose to renounce our clear attachment to it. Shamelessly, they portray us as foreigners in our country, in our capital.”