Full Text Israel Political Brief May 28, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Jerusalem Day Cabinet Meeting at Ammunition Hill

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Jerusalem Day Cabinet Meeting at Ammunition Hill

Source: PMO, 5-28-14
יום רביעי כ”ח אייר תשע”ד

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the Cabinet meeting at Ammunition Hill :

“Jerusalem was unified 47 years ago and it will never be redivided. Since that day, Jerusalem has developed; it is prosperous and flourishing. We meet here every year in order to ensure that this prosperity will be even greater, that the construction will be even broader and that it will flourish even more. We are committed to a rebuilt, greater and developing Jerusalem as a historical mandate of the Jewish People. I have heard that there are those who would like to cancel today as a national holiday. I say that this is not just a national holiday; this is a historic, national miracle. The Jewish People will always see to the rebuilt and greater Jerusalem.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 27, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Yom Yerushalayim Ceremony Marking the 47th Anniversary of the Unification of Jerusalem

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Address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Ceremony Marking the 47th Anniversary of the Unification of Jerusalem

Source: PMO, 5-27-14 
יום שלישי כ”ז אייר תשע”ד
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Translation

47 years ago, Jerusalem – the unified city – was joined together again. This is the way it has always been, and this is the way it always will be. We mark this date – the 28th of Iyar 1967. It is a significant date, particularly in this place, because on the 28th of Iyar 1904, 63 years earlier, Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, founder of this important yeshiva, the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva, immigrated to Israel.

I feel at home here because Rabbi Kook had a tremendous impact on my grandfather, Nathan Mileikowsky. He derived endless strength and inspiration from the Rabbi. Rabbi Kook delivered a beautiful eulogy for my grandfather. Another connection is your beloved father, Rabbi Avraham Shapira, who used to tell me how, as a small child in Jerusalem, he would often listen to my grandfather talk about Zionism, the Land of Israel, Jerusalem, the Return to Zion. He told me that my grandfather was a great orator. I feel at home here. This is my home.

There was something unique about the spirit of Rabbi Kook which beats inside us. Rabbi Kook was a great Zionist. He saw Herzl as a messenger of history. I see him as the personification of a modern-day biblical prophet who emerged from the pages of the Bible. But Rabbi Kook also believed that Zionism must not disengage from Judaism as he believed that nationalism alone, disconnected from the eternal sources of the people of Israel, has neither justification nor viability. There is no spirit without substance. There is no flour without the Torah. This is the essence of the connection between the “spiritual Jerusalem” and the “profane Jerusalem”.

As the Prime Minister of Israel, I am occupied with the “profane Jerusalem”. We dig tunnels and pave roads and build bridges. You see the tremendous work on the path to Zion. All you see in Mevasseret Zion today are the bulldozers paving the paths to and inside our capital city. We are responsible for the building, development and prosperity of Jerusalem, and there is still great work to be done. Jerusalem has developed remarkably. Jerusalem after the Six Day War was not a small village, but it was not exactly a big metropolis either. Today, Jerusalem is a big metropolis. It stands out in all its glory. Jerusalem is Beit Hakerem, Kiryat Yovel and Har Homa, our “southern gate”, which I was privileged to establish during my first term as Prime Minister.

Jerusalem is factories, including advanced hi-tech factories, “From Zion will the software come forth”, and it will come forth to the entire world. Jerusalem is all of these things, but it is also Yad Vashem and Herzl’s Tomb and the Mount of Olives, where my grandfather and grandmother, Menachem Begin and many of our forefathers are buried. Jerusalem is also Mount Zion and Moriah Mountain and the Western Wall and “Eternal Israel”. We preserve our heart, the heart of our nation.

We will never divide our heart – never. As we believe that our capital is the heart of our nation, it must be united, as the Rabbi just said, it must be connected to the great soul of Eternal Israel, to the Torah and to the intellectual assets created by our Sages throughout the generations.

Each Shabbat, I draw strength from reading one book, one portion, uncovering one surprise. Most of the time there is a wise student, more or less your age, to help me, and from time to time we surf the net. The amount of strength we draw from the Bible is tremendous. Never have I read it without discovering how relevant it is to our situation today, both spiritually and practically.

The Rabbi spoke of inner strengths. Let me tell you, you need strength to be Prime Minister of Israel. It is not the easiest job in the world. From where do we draw our strength? Where does this nation – which rose from the ashes and made miracles, a nation revered throughout the world – find its strength? This is my responsibility.

I was in China where Israel is admired. I was also in Japan  where Israel is also admired. I spoke with the Prime Minister of India (I’m talking about the small countries) who respects Israel and wants to have ties with us, and many others. There is also a great deal of hatred, anti-Semitism and slander directed at us, but there is also great admiration because many among the nations of the world know that there is something special here, a spiritual spark, an eternal spark, a people that survived for thousands of years against all odds, returned to their homeland, rebuilt their homeland, established their state and built an unprecedented military force.

There is a unique spirit here, and it all concentrated in one place – Jerusalem. It is concentrated in the Book of Books, in studying it and nurturing it. Every child in our country should know this book, Judaic studies. I am telling you this with a deep conviction. Simply put, I believe it is necessary to ensure our people’s eternity.

This is the reason I am here this evening. I am here to celebrate the joy of Jerusalem with you. “Be glad with Jerusalem and rejoice in her”, said the Prophet Isaiah. I am here to encourage you to keep studying the Torah. I congratulate you on this festive day, the festive day of Jerusalem. Happy holiday to all the people of Israel. Blessings.

Israel Musings January 11, 2013: Netanyahu opposes any peace deal framework dividing Jerusalem

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Netanyahu opposes any peace deal framework dividing Jerusalem

By Bonnie K. Goodman

According to a news report from Haaretz released early Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his senior cabinet ministers that he absolutely will not agree to dividing of Jerusalem in any framework for a peace agreement…READ MORE

Israel Musings December 14, 2013: Netanyahu and Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

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Netanyahu & Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

By Bonnie K. Goodman

For the second time in a week and the ninth time since March 2013 United States Secretary of State John Kerry met in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a very unusually snowy Friday morning, Dec. 13, 2013…READ MORE

Israel Brief December 13, 2013: Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

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Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

Source: NY Daily News, 12-13-13

The intense storm left the city covered in snow. About 20 inches of snow had fallen since Thursday, with more expected through the next day….READ MORE

Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, two  of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, were covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

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Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

Israel Brief December 13, 2013: Photo Essay: Snow in Jerusalem

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Photo Essay: Snow in Jerusalem

Source: Arutz 7, 12-13-13

The snow has brought both wonder, smiles and damage. The following are photos from Snowstorm 5774….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 12, 2013: Minor earthquake rocks Jerusalem

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Minor earthquake rocks Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 9-12-13

A minor earthquake rocked Jerusalem and the Dead Sea….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 1, 2013: Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

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Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 9-1-13

A Hamas terror cell planned to carry out a terrorist attack at the upscale Mamilla mall on the cusp of the Old City of Jerusalem….READ MORE

Jewish Brief August 26, 2013: Ahead of High Holidays, Naftali Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

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Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Source: JTA, 8-26-13

Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Amid continuing protests over non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall, Israel’s religious services minister unveiled a new platform for egalitarian worship at Robinson’s Arch….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 30, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu reassures Diaspora leaders he backs Sharansky plan for egalitarian prayer at Western Wall

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Netanyahu reassures Diaspora leaders he backs Sharansky plan for egalitarian prayer at Western Wall

Source: Haaretz, 6-30-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to reassure Diaspora Jewish leaders that redesign plans remain on track for the Western Wall plaza that will allow greater scope there for non-ultra-Orthodox prayer services….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 13, 2013: President Barack Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

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Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

Source: Jweekly.com, 6-13-13‎

President Barack Obama extended for six months a waiver on a 1990s law that would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 20, 2013: Israel cancels UNESCO visit, cites politics by Palestinians

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Israel cancels UNESCO visit, cites politics by Palestinians

Source: JTA, 5-20-13

Israeli officials canceled a UNESCO inspection of sites in Jerusalem’s Old City, saying the Palestinians had politicized the agency’s visit….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Battle of wills at Western Wall

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Battle of wills at Western Wall

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-10-13

Women of the Wall conduct monthly prayer, this time with prayer shawls, prompting mass haredi demonstration • Haredim throw stones, trash bags at Women of the Wall • Jerusalem Police chief: Painful to see Western Wall turn into battlefield….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesting Women of the Wall prayer service in Jerusalem

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Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesting Women of the Wall prayer service in Jerusalem

Source: Haaretz, 5-10-13

A tense stand-off in Jerusalem on Friday morning, while the Women of the Wall hold their first monthly prayer service at the Western Wall since a recent landmark ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that it is not a violation of “local custom”….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Haredi women mass at Kotel for standoff with feminist group

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Haredi women mass at Kotel for standoff with feminist group

Source: The Times of Israel, 5-10-13 

Clashes erupted at Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza early Friday morning, as thousands of ultra-Orthodox teenagers attempted to prevent the Women of the Wall from holding their monthly egalitarian prayer session at the site….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 9, 2013: Photo Essay: Thousands Wave Flags at Yom Yerushalayim / Jerusalem Day Parade

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Photo Essay: Thousands Wave Flags at Jerusalem Day Parade

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-9-13


The dome of the Heichal Shlomo building on King George Avenue.

The annual Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) parade took place Wednesday afternoon, and passed through downtown Jerusalem. An estimated 60,000 people took part….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 8, 2013: Over 60,000 Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim in Jerusalem Annual Event Celebrates 46 Years of Reunification

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Over 60,000 Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim in Jerusalem

Annual Event Celebrates 46 Years of Reunification

Source: Shalom Life, 5-8-13

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in Israel

Jerusalem’s annual Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) parade took place Wednesday afternoon, transforming downtown Jerusalem into a veritable sea of blue and white with more than 60,000 spectators, many carrying Israeli flags, looking on….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 8, 2013: Yom Yerushalayim Parade Wednesday in Jerusalem

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Yom Yerushalayim Parade Wednesday in Jerusalem

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-8-13

The annual Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) parade is taking place Wednesday afternoon through downtown Jerusalem. The Rikidgalim, or flag dance, will involved participants waving flags, an singing….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 8, 2013: Why is PM Benjamin Netanyahu in China for Yom Yerushalayim?

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Why is Netanyahu in China for Yom Yerushalayim?

Source: Algemeiner, 5-8-13

This year, Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, is observed on Tuesday evening, May 7th through Wednesday night, May 8th and celebrates the 46th anniversary of the reunification of Judaism’s holiest city….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 7, 2013: Yom Herut Yerushalayim: 46 years after Jerusalem’s historic reunification, Israel’s capital is on the up

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46 years after historic reunification, Israel’s capital is on the up

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-7-13

Ahead of 46th annual Jerusalem Day, statistics show that more young people are choosing to live in Jerusalem than in previous years, tourism is on the rise • Jerusalem mayor: We Jerusalemites are now once again proud of our city, which we love so much….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 7, 2013: Yom Herut Yerushalayim: Jerusalem Day Event Schedule

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Jerusalem Day Event Schedule

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-7-13

The traditional annual Jerusalem Day celebration at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in the capital will commence at 22:00, with the participation of rabbis, government and Knesset members as well as other renowned public figures….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein accepts Women of the Wall court decision

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Israeli attorney general accepts Women of the Wall court decision

Source: JTA, 5-7-13

The activist group Women of the Wall will face no more legal challenges after Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided not appeal a court decision favoring the group….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 6, 2013: Eli Yishai for Mayor of Yerushalayim?

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Eli Yishai for Mayor of Yerushalayim?

Source: Yeshiva World News, 5-6-13

Eli Yishai for Mayor of Yerushalayim? (Monday, May 6th, 2013). yishain2 After being ousted by Aryeh Deri as Shas party leader, many believe that MK Eli Yishai will be looking at the upcoming Jerusalem mayoral race, where many feel he has a much better….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 5, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Weekly Cabinet Meeting: Jerusalem is On a Roll

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Netanyahu: Jerusalem is On a Roll

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-5-13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened the Cabinet for a special session in honor of the 46th Jerusalem Day at the Herzl Museum Sunday….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 5, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting About Jerusalem Day / Yom Yerushalayim

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 5-5-13

יום ראשון כ”ה אייר תשע”ג

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, which was held at the Herzl Museum on Mt. Herzl, in honor of Jerusalem Day:

“We are marking Jerusalem Day here in the museum on Mt. Herzl. Herzl said, ‘In Basel, I founded the Jewish State’ and in Jerusalem we are developing the Jewish State and ensuring its future.

There is no place more fitting from which to call on the children and citizens of Israel to come visit Jerusalem, to come to this museum, to see the greatness of this man, who was one of the giants of history. I think that it was his vision and his strength, which breathed life into a scattered and weak people that was unable to see to its own fate, that brought us here – to a new life. It would be proper for every boy and girl in Israel, and the many who visit here, to understand our roots, our ties to Zion and our obligation to continue developing our land and our state for the coming generations.

I am also pleased to tell you that we can mark a very important development in Jerusalem. In recent years, there has been very strong momentum in all areas: Education, culture, sports, transportation, tourism, and science and medicine. There has been very major development in all these areas. Jerusalem is becoming a modern metropolis with a very strong link to the past and a very promising leap to the future. This is exactly what Herzl envisioned; by the way, this is how he wrote about Jerusalem and about the entire Land of Israel.

I am pleased that we are cooperating on this. This meeting expresses the Government’s commitment to continue the momentum, along with the Municipality of Jerusalem and with all ministries, in all areas, so that this change, this turning point might continue unabated.”

דברי ראש הממשלה בפתח ישיבת הממשלה השבועית שהתקיימה בסימן יום ירושלים בהר הרצל

Source: PMO, 5-5-13
יום ראשון כ”ה אייר תשע”ג

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו בפתח ישיבת הממשלה השבועית שהתקיימה בסימן יום ירושלים בהר הרצל: “אנחנו מציינים כאן את יום ירושלים בהר הרצל, במוזיאון של חוזה המדינה. הרצל אמר: “בבאזל ייסדתי את מדינת היהודים” – ובירושלים אנחנו מפתחים את מדינת היהודים ומבטיחים את עתידה.

אין מקום ראוי יותר מלקרוא לאזרחי וילדי ישראל לבוא לבקר בירושלים, לבוא למוזיאון הזה, לראות את הגדולה של האיש הזה, שהיה אחד מענקי ההיסטוריה. אני חושב שהחזון והעוצמה שלו, שהפיח חיים בעם מפוזר וחלש שלא יכול היה לדאוג לגורלו, הם שהביאו אותנו לכאן- לחיים חדשים. ראוי שכל ילד וילדה בישראל וגם רבים שמבקרים כאן, יבינו מה השורשים שלנו, מה הקשר שלנו לציון והמחויבות שלנו להמשיך לפתח את ארצנו במולדתנו, ואת מדינתנו לדורות הבאים.

אני שמח גם לומר שבמעמד הזה אנחנו יכולים לציין התפתחות גדולה מאוד בירושלים. בשנים האחרונות יש תנופה חזקה מאוד בכל התחומים: בחינוך, בתרבות, בספורט, בתחבורה, בתיירות, במדע וברפואה, ישנה התפתחות גדולה מאוד. ירושלים הופכת להיות מטרופולין מודרני עם חיבור חזק מאוד לעבר והזנקה לעתיד מאוד מבטיח. זה בדיוק החזון של הרצל, אגב, כך הוא כתב על ירושלים, כמו שהוא כתב על ארץ ישראל כולה.

אני שמח שאנחנו משתפים פעולה בדבר הזה. הישיבה הזאת מבטאת את המחויבות של הממשלה להמשיך את התנופה, יחד עם עיריית ירושלים, בכל המשרדים ובכל האפיקים, כדי שהשינוי הזה, התפנית הזאת תימשך במלוא עוצמתה”.

Israel Political Brief April 30, 2013: President Shimon Peres gives Pope Francis personal invitation to visit Jerusalem

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Shimon Peres gives Pope personal invitation to visit Jerusalem

Source: Rome Reports, 4-30-13

Pope Francis and Shimon Peres also highlighted the improvements in relations between Israel and the Holy See, since the creation of a bilateral permanent working commission 14 years ago….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 30, 2013: Nathan Sharansky’s Egalitarian Kotel plan loses support from both sides

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Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 25, 2013: Judge rules women should not have been arrested at Western Wall

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Women should not have been arrested at Western Wall, judge rules

Source: JTA, 4-25-13

Women praying together out loud at the Western Wall in prayer shawls did not disturb the public order and should not have been arrested, an Israeli court found….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 24, 2013: Israel to allow UNESCO inspectors in Jerusalem

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Israel to allow UNESCO inspectors in Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 4-24-13

Israel has agreed to allow UNESCO to inspect sites in Jerusalem in exchange for the postponing of five Palestinian-sponsored resolutions critical of Israel….READ MORE 

Israel Brief April 22, 2013: Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky gets green light to pursue Western Wall prayer plan

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Sharansky gets green light to pursue Western Wall prayer plan

Source: JTA, 4-22-13

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky was given a green light by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue his plan for a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall…READ MORE

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