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



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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