Full Text Israel Political Brief May 5, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Dedication of the Benzion Netanyahu Interchange and Jerusalem Road #20

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Dedication of the Benzion Netanyahu Interchange and Jerusalem Road #20

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

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Following are Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks, today at the dedication of the Benzion Netanyahu interchange and the opening of Jerusalem Road #20:

“Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, deputy mayors of Jerusalem and members of the city council, my friends Koby Kahlon, Rami Levy, David Amsalem and others who were engaged in this massive project, we are going from here to the Herzl Museum to celebrate Jerusalem Day with a special Cabinet meeting.

Jerusalem is surrounded by hills, and interchanges, highways and railways – thus Herzl saw it. He saw its ancient ties – Zion, Zionism – and he understood that on the one hand there needs to be a link to our glorious past and a breakthrough to the future, which is no less glorious and no less splendid – Zion – and we are committed to this, in deeds.

We are doing this. We are working continuously and systematically to link Jerusalem with itself and to the other parts of the country, because Zion is important to us and it was important to my father. He wasn’t named ‘Benzion’ for nothing. It says everything – Benzion, literally ‘Son of Zion’.

First of all, he loved Jerusalem and lived in Jerusalem. He was here during the 1920’s as a youth in Beit Hakerem. We grew up there, three brothers, first in Talpiyot and afterwards in Katamon. We are Jerusalemites, and my father was a Jerusalemite, and we lived in a house of Jerusalem stone, a stone house full of books, full of values.

My father was just as he is portrayed here – a noted historian and a Zionist, one who loved Jerusalem. He had a great intellect and, what is no less important, a great heart, because his heart had to bear all that his brain saw, and this was not self-evident. He knew to look back over hundreds and thousands of years. He knew to look forward into the secrets of the future. He saw a love of the Jewish People locked in a struggle with anti-Semitism, and that love of the Jewish People had to win.

I miss him very, very much. He taught me that our state is a deposit for the generations of Jews who dreamt and prayed and fought and sacrificed so that we might return to our land and renew in it our independence. He taught me about the enormous responsibility that we have to ensure the security of the State of Israel and build up its future. This heritage needs to unite us all every day and so it does.

I thank you very much for myself and for my family. Thank you.”

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

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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 May 5, 2013: President Shimon Peres: We Left Gaza, so Why Fire Rockets?

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President Peres: We Left Gaza, so Why Fire Rockets?

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-5-13

President Peres addressed the PA peace process during his meeting with Swiss FM Didier Burkhalter Sunday, “The State of Israel wishes to restart dialogue with the PA, but we have the minimal demand of them to put an end to terror and violence towards our….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 5, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit China to enhance ties

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Source: NDTV, 5-5-13

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Israel Political Brief May 5, 2013: Intelligence official in Mideast confirms Israel has launched 2nd Syria airstrike

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Source: Washington Post, 5-5-13

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