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.

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Israel Political Brief May 20, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Jerusalem Day Ceremony: Ceding Temple Mount will Lead to War

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Netanyahu: Ceding Temple Mount will Lead to War

“Israel without Jerusalem is like a body with a weak heart. Ceding religious sites will lead to religious war.”
Binyamin Netanyahu

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At a ceremony honoring the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made some of his strongest statements to date regarding the right of the Jewish nation to sovereignty over its ancient capital of Jerusalem.

“A lasting peace can only be made with a strong nation,” Netanyahu asserted. “Without a united Jerusalem, the state of Israel will be a body with a weak heart. Our heart will never be divided again.”

Speaking at a Jerusalem Day ceremony on Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, Netanyahu noted that wherever Jewish people pray, anywhere in the world, they do so facing Jerusalem – “the place that was always the center of our lives; the place that reminds us of our glorious past and serves as a focus for our future hopes.”

“We will not turn our backs on those who faced Jerusalem throughout the ages,” he said. “We will safeguard Jerusalem because Israel without Jerusalem is like a body without a heart – and it was on this hill that the heart went back to beating at full strength.”

“On Jerusalem Day, the divided city became whole – and it will remain that way.”

“I have doubts, to put it mildly, that if we deposit the Temple Mount with foreign forces, we will not very quickly slip into a religious sectarian war,” he said. “Only under Israeli sovereignty, the accessibility and freedom of worship for all religions is a certainty, and will remain a certainty. Only under Israel are peace and quiet maintained.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 20, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu & Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting — Special Meeting Marking Yom Yerushalim, 45th Anniversary of the Liberation and Unification of Jerusalem at Ammunition Hill

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

Source: PMO, 5-20-12


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Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem:

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “Good morning.  We are holding a special meeting to mark the 45th anniversary of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem.  We come with a united Government to a united Jerusalem.  We have a great obligation to see to the development of the city and to work together with the Mayor of the city, who has done much to advance Jerusalem into the 21st century very quickly while maintaining our special heritage, which is basically the foundation of our existence here.  Nir Barkat, if you please.”

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat: “Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Government ministers.

First, I would like to thank you for your direct support of Jerusalem.  Thank you also to the ministers and deputy ministers for your complete commitment to the city.  Since the Government was established, your Government has – year after year, continuously – supported Jerusalem and provided it with resources and significant tools, unprecedented in relation to what has been in the past, which have enabled us to accelerate momentum in the city.  The scope of investments, projects and inter-ministerial cooperation in the city are on the increase and this greatly contributes to the changes and processes moving through the city of Jerusalem.

This year, we have good news: The investments are starting to bear fruit.  For the first time, we are seeing a change in the trend – from a drastic decline in the numbers of students in the state secular and state religious schools in Jerusalem, after over 15 years, we see an increase in the state secular stream and for three years already, we have seen growth in the numbers of students in the state religious stream.  Of course, this is alongside growth in other sectors.

Economic and cultural growth in the city have also been considerably higher than the national average over the past three years.  Look at the skyline and you will an increasing number of cranes, which indicates growth.  Jerusalem has returned to being a cultural capital with a growing number of visitors and tourists.

We also see an increase in pupils’ achievements on their matriculation exams, an increase in enlistment in the IDF from Zionist schools, and an increase in the number of pupils in youth movements.  We see that the Government and the Municipality are continuing – at an accelerated pace – to reduce the gap in the number of classrooms in the Arab and ultra-orthodox sectors thanks to considerable investments in physical infrastructure in eastern Jerusalem.  The residents have felt this very well.

Jerusalem has returned to being a city that it is worthwhile to live in.  The public in Jerusalem is expressing confidence in the city and we see that it is more satisfied than the national average.

Mr. Prime Minister, the Middle East is a seething cauldron.  The world is awash with instability and crises.  However, we see that in the State of Israel in general and in Jerusalem at its heart in particular, economic growth is accelerating.  We are enjoying an increase in visitors, from unprecedented quiet in activity in the municipal framework.  This would not have occurred without your support, Mr. Prime Minister, as well as that of the assembled ministers and members of the municipal administration.  I am entirely hopeful that we will continue to build up Jerusalem for the benefit of all its residents despite global trends.

I would like to wish all of you a happy Jerusalem Day.  May we meet here again next year with more good news, amidst further momentum in the economic development of the city.

Thank you Mr. Prime Minister.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “Thank you.  The work is indeed considerable and impressive and is being carried out under your leadership and, of course, in cooperation with, and led by, Government ministers.  Each one of them has contributed of his or her time and energy and, I must say, from their budgets.

There is very great commitment to the unity and development of Jerusalem.  We are translating this, first of all, into a lot of money that we are investing here.  We also see this in the aesthetic change that has come over the city – in infrastructure, education, tourism and tourist sites.  We are continuing this here today with the decisions that we will make.

We are committed to the liberation of Jerusalem.  With the concurrence of Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, we have also decided to maintain and renovate this site.  Ammunition Hill expresses the heroism and self-sacrifice, without which Jerusalem would not be unified.  We will renovate this site and turn it into a heritage site.  As soon as it becomes a national heritage site, it will, in effect, ensure its continued operation for generations to come.

A second thing that we are committed to, first of all, is to the city’s past.  Jerusalem was a city of the Bible, Jerusalem will be a city of the Bible.  Today, we will make a series of decisions that will enable us to build Biblical sites in the city that will enhance and explain our link to the Land of the Bible, to Zion, and also allow millions of people, no less, millions of people to have a direct appreciation of Israel’s heritage as it finds expression in the Bible.  This will be Jerusalem and this is very important.

We are committed to Jerusalem’s present – to build apartments.  Today, we will make decisions that will make it easier for military and police personnel to live in Jerusalem.  This is very important, there is housing distress and there is also great demand for housing – and we will deal with it.

We are also committed to an expanded tourism plan that will embrace the entire city; this will lead to the present and future development of Jerusalem.  We are committed to the future.  There is a special expression to this that we will decide upon today – the decision to build the Einstein museum.  The idea is President Shimon Peres’ and I adopt it wholeheartedly.  I think that the Government ministers who are familiar with this special idea can give it their backing because it will attract the entire world to the museum, which has been designed in the image of the head of Albert Einstein.  I believe that this will be a global attraction.

We are joining the past, the present and the future, and I think that very great and important things are being done here to ensure the future of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital as well.

I would also like to comment on one additional issue, that of illegal work infiltrators.  This phenomenon is very grave and threatens the social fabric of society, our national security and our national identity.

It began over seven years ago and upon the Government’s entry into office three years ago, we decided to deal with this problem in all its aspects – first of all, to stop the entry and second, to begin to withdraw those who were already inside.  If we do not stop the entry, the problem, there are now 60,000 illegal infiltrators, could easily grow to 600,000 illegal infiltrators.  This would inundate the state and, to a considerable degree, cancel out its image as a Jewish and democratic state.

Therefore, the first necessity is to build a physical barrier and again, all ministers here have contributed from their budgets so that we can build this barrier which is currently nearing completion.  By October it will be complete in its entirety, except for a small section around Eilat, which we are dealing with separately and where a fence will be completed.  But until then we will block it with other means, including forces.

Then the first thing is to stop the entry.  And the second thing – is to start withdrawing.  How will this be done?  First of all, those who employ illegal infiltrators will be punished severely and we will also begin the physical withdrawal.  I know that this issue bothers many citizens, and rightly so.  I talk with them.  I have been to Eilat and other places, so have the ministers.  We are aware of the distress; we are dealing with it.  We will resolve the issue, not by shouting, but by action.  We hear the shouts, we are taking action and the action will succeed.

A Happy Jerusalem Day to you.

Jerusalem is, by the way, a beautiful city.  I see it as very picturesque.  Together, we will make it even more beautiful.

A happy holiday to Jerusalem.  Thank you.”

 

  1. The Cabinet decided to develop Ammunition Hill as a national heritage site in order to strengthen awareness of its historic story among the public at large.
  2. The Cabinet approved a series of plans to strengthen the city of Jerusalem and advance its economic, tourist and social development.
  3. Pursuant to its policy of strengthening tourism in Jerusalem and to the understanding that tourism is a significant economic growth engine for the State of Israel in general and for Jerusalem in particular, the Cabinet decided to formulate, within 24 months, a strategic tourism plan for the city of Jerusalem.
  4. The Cabinet decided to establish the Albert Einstein Museum in Jerusalem  to reveal items from the legacy of the father of the theory of relativity.
  5. The Cabinet decided to build Bible-based tourist sites, including a Bible museum, in Jerusalem in order to attract tourists from around the world and enable them to enjoy unique experiences based on the history, culture, archaeology and heritage of Jerusalem, with the main theme being representing the Biblical era in the authentic environment in which the events took place.
  6. The Cabinet instructed the Israel Land Administration to allocate, in 2012-2015, tender-free land in Jerusalem for those serving in the security forces (see #3 above).
  7. Pursuant to the 1959 State Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet approved Eyal Avraham Rosner to direct the Prime Minister’s Office national plan to develop technologies to reduce the global use of petroleum in transportation.
  8. At the close of the Cabinet meeting, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat reiterated his thanks to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the other ministers and the various ministries for their contribution toward the development and advancement of Jerusalem and for the cooperation that the municipality has met with in its contacts with the various ministries.

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 20, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Ceremony Marking the 45th Anniversary of the Unification of Jerusalem at Ammunition Hill — Yom Yerushalim

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PM Netanyahu’s Speech at the Ceremony Marking the 45th Anniversary of the Unification of Jerusalem at Ammunition Hill

Source: PMO, 5-20-12


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Just days ago, I visited the Altneu Synagogue in Prague, the Maharal’s [Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel] synagogue.  Three months ago, I visited the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam.  These are two of the most remarkable synagogues in the world.  One has been serving the Jewish community of the Czech Republic for nearly 800 years.  The second has served the Jewish community of Holland for 350 years.  One is Ashkenazi, the other Sepharadic.  One is small and intimate.  The other is large and magnificent.

But what connects them is what connects every synagogue around the world.  When Jews pray in Prague or in Amsterdam, in New York or in Moscow, in Mexico City or in Hong Kong, in Haifa or in Beer Sheva, the face the same direction our people have faced for thousands of years.  They face Jerusalem.

They face the place that has always been the center of our national and spiritual life, the place that reminds us of our glorious past and serves as the focus of our hopes for the future.  And we will not turn our backs on those who have faced Jerusalem for generations.  We will preserve Jerusalem because an Israel without Jerusalem is like a body without a heart.  It was on this hill, 45 years ago, that the heart that unites our people began to beat again with full strength; and our heart will never be divided again.

There are people who believe that if we just divide Jerusalem, which means eventually conceding the Temple Mount – they believe we will have peace.  They believe that, but they are wrong.  I am doubtful, to put it mildly, that if we grant other forces control over that square above the Temple Mount, we won’t see the situation deteriorate so quickly that will devolve into a religious and sectarian war.  I also know that this is the lesson of the ages – that only under Israeli rule, under Israeli sovereignty – access and freedom of religion and freedom of worship for all religions has been and will continue to be ensured.  Only under Israel.  Only under Israel will the quiet be maintained; only under Israel will peace between the religions be maintained.

Sustainable peace is made with strong nations, and an Israel without a unified Jerusalem will be like a body with a weak heart.  I want to say something else: a nation that is willing to sacrifice its heart will only convince its enemies that it lacks the willpower to fight for anything.

Forty-five years ago, this place saw our people’s determination and the iron will of our fighters.  They fought like lions in these trenches, against wave after wave of machine gun and heavy fire.  They fought like lions, but more than that, they fought for Jerusalem and they won.

During that same fierce battle, 36 of our best men perished – and in all of Jerusalem, 182 IDF fighters died, and Jewish history changed forever.  A city divided became whole – and it will remain so.

Our generation has been granted a great privilege: we are witnesses to the fulfillment of the words of the prophets.  We saw the resurrection of Zion; we saw the restoration of the sovereignty of the people of Israel here in the Land of Israel; we saw the ingathering of the exiles; and we saw the unification and rebuilding of Jerusalem.  Our generation also bears the tremendous responsibility of ensuring that we safeguard this transformation for future generations.

The prophet Isaiah said: “Wake, wake!  Arise, O Jerusalem.”  Well, Jerusalem has arisen.  After centuries of repression and intolerance by other faiths, Jerusalem has arisen and been unified.

I remember the day when Motta Gur said that the Temple Mount was in our possession.  Whose heart did not tremble?  Who did not think then about David and Solomon, about Isaiah and Jeremiah, about the prophesies of hope and the lamentations of destruction?  Who did not feel the prayer of generations that beats within us?  I felt it and so did you.

And with this great power, we ushered in a transformation here that could not be imagined.  What was less than a century ago a forgotten, impoverished and neglected backwater has now become a bustling, vibrant, developed and advanced metropolis, the greatest requisite of Israel – and the united capital of our nation.

Jerusalem is where our past has been uncovered and our future has been built, the place where our unparalleled spiritual treasures reside, a place of world-renowned universities and museums, a place where unprecedented numbers are studying our heritage and where the genius of our people is expanding the limits of science, medicine, technology, the material sciences and the life sciences, and many other sciences.

For 45 years, we have built and developed Jerusalem – North and South, East and West.  We will continue to build Jerusalem.

We will continue to develop our capital and we will continue to ensure that its golden light continues to light the future of our people and shine a light across the world – the light of Jerusalem.

דברי ראש הממשלה נתניהו בעצרת הממלכתית לציון 45 שנים לאיחוד ירושלים

יום ראשון כ”ח אייר תשע”ב

הטקסט עבר התאמת עריכה

אישי, נשיא המדינה, שמעון פרס כמה טוב לראות אותך בריא ושלם ונמרץ כתמיד עמנו. ידידי יו”ר הכנסת ראובן ריבלין, נשיא בית המשפט העליון אשר גרוניס, הרב הראשי לישראל, הרב יונה מצגר, שר התחבורה ישראל כץ, חברי כנסת, ראש עיריית ירושלים, ניר ברקת, מפכ”ל משטרת ישראל רב-ניצב יוחנן דנינו, אלופי צה”ל ומפקדיו, אברהם דובדבני יו”ר הנהלת ההסתדרות הציונית העולמית, יו”ר עמותת גבעת התחמושת וההנהלה, לוחמי צה”ל, משפחות יקרות, קהל נכבד.

לפני ימים אחדים ביקרתי בבית הכנסת אלטנוי שבפראג, בית הכנסת של המהר”ל. לפני שלושה חודשים, ביקרתי בבית הכנסת הפורטוגזי באמסטרדם. אלה שניים מבתי הכנסת המופלאים בעולם. האחד משרת את הקהילה היהודית בצ’כיה קרוב  לשמונה מאות שנה. ואילו השני משרת את קהילת יהודי הולנד כשלוש מאות וחמישים שנה. האחד אשכנזי, השני ספרדי. האחד קטן ואינטימי. והשני  גדול ומפואר.

אבל מה שמחבר ביניהם הוא מה שמחבר בין כל בתי הכנסת ברחבי העולם. כשיהודים מתפללים בפראג או באמסטרדם, בניו-יורק או במוסקבה, במקסיקו סיטי או בהונג קונג, בחיפה או בבאר שבע, הם פונים לאותו כיוון שאליו פונים בני עמנו מזה אלפי שנים. הם פונים לירושלים.

הם פונים למקום שמאז ומתמיד היה מרכז חיינו הלאומיים והרוחניים, המקום שמזכיר לנו את עברנו המפואר ומשמש מוקד לתקוותינו לעתיד. ואנחנו לא נפנה עורף לפונים לירושלים במהלך הדורות. אנחנו נשמור על ירושלים. כי ישראל ללא ירושלים היא כמו גוף ללא לב. ועל גבעה זו, לפני 45 שנים, חזר לפעום מחדש ובמלוא עוצמתו הלב המאוחד של עמנו, וליבנו לעולם לא יחולק שוב.

ישנם אלה שמאמינים שאם רק נחלק את ירושלים, והמשמעות היא בסופו של דבר לוותר על הר הבית, הם מאמינים שיהיה לנו שלום. הם מאמינים כך, אבל הם טועים. אני מסופק בלשון המעטה, שאם נפקיד את הריבוע הזה שעל הר הבית לכוחות אחרים שלא נדרדר מהר מאוד למלחמה דתית, סקטוריאלית. ואני יודע את לקח הדורות, שרק תחת שלטון ישראל, תחת ריבונות ישראל, מובטחת ותמשיך להיות מובטחת הנגישות ויובטח החופש הדתי וחופש הפולחן לכל הדתות, רק תחת ישראל. רק תחת ישראל נשמר השקט, רק תחת ישראל נשמר השלום בין הדתות.

שלום בר קיימא עושים עם אומה חזקה, וישראל בלי ירושלים המאוחדת תהיה כמו גוף עם לב חלש. אני רוצה להגיד לכם דבר נוסף אומה שמוכנה להקריב את ליבה רק תשכנע את אויביה שהיא נעדרת כוח רצון  להילחם על דבר כלשהו.

המקום הזה, לפני 45 שנה, ראה את נחישות עמנו, וראה את רצון הברזל של לוחמינו. הם נלחמו כאריות, ממש כאריות, פה בתעלות האלה, בגל אחר גל מול מקלעים ורובים ואש תופת, הם נלחמו כמו אריות אבל יותר מזה הם נלחמו למען ירושלים והם גברו.

באותו קרב עז נפלו 36 ממיטב בחורינו – ובכל ירושלים נפלו 182 לוחמי צה”ל, וההיסטוריה היהודית השתנתה לעד. העיר המחולקת הפכה לשלמה. וכך היא תישאר.

זכות גדולה נפלה בחלקו של הדור שלנו. אנחנו חוזים בהתגשמות דברי הנביאים, חזינו בתקומת ציון, חזינו בהשבת הריבונות של עם ישראל פה בארץ ישראל, חזינו בקיבוץ הגלויות וחזינו באיחודה ובנייתה מחדש של ירושלים. ועל הדור שלנו מוטלת האחריות הגדולה להבטיח את שימורו של מהפך זה גם לדורות הבאים.

הנביא ישעיהו אמר: “התעוררי התעוררי, קומי ירושלים”. ובכן, ירושלים קמה. ואחרי מאות שנים של דיכוי ואי סובלנות של דתות אחרות, קמה לה ירושלים ואוחדה לה יחדיו.

אני זוכר את אותו יום כשמוטה גור אמר, שהר הבית בידינו, הלב של מי לא רעד. מי לא חשב אז על דוד ושלמה, על ישעיהו ועל ירמיהו, על נבואות התקווה וקינות החורבן, מי לא חשב, מי לא להרגיש את זה. את תפילת הדורות מפעמת בתוכו, כך אני הרגשתי וכך אתם הרגשתם.

ואנחנו עם הכוח העצום הזה חוללנו פה מהפך שאי אפשר היה לדמיין אותו, מה שהיה עד לפני פחות ממאה שנים, מקום שכוח אל, עני, מוזנח, הפך למטרופולין משגשג, תוסס, מתפתח ומתקדם, הכרח הגדול בישראל  – ולבירתו המאוחדת של עם ישראל.

ירושלים היא המקום שבו נחשף עברנו ונבנה עתידנו. מקום משכנם של אוצרות רוחניים שאין להם אח ורע, של אוניברסיטאות ומוזיאונים מן השורה הראשונה בעולם, המקום שבו יש מספר חסר תקדים של תלמידים שלומדים את מורשתנו, ושבו הגאוניות של עמנו פורצת את גבולות המדע, הרפואה, הטכנולוגיה, את מדע החומרים ומדע החיים ועוד מדעים רבים אחרים.

במשך 45 שנים, בנינו ופיתחנו את ירושלים – מצפון לדרום, ממזרח למערב. ונמשיך לבנות את ירושלים.

נמשיך לפתח את בירתנו, ונמשיך להבטיח שאורה הזהוב ימשיך להאיר את עתיד עמנו ויפיץ אור יקרות לעולם כולו, אורה של ירושלים.

30,000 Israelis march through East Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day

Source: JTA, 6-1-11

Some 30,000 Israelis gathered for the annual flag march through eastern Jerusalem in honor of Jerusalem Day, as at least 3,000 police took up patrols throughout the city.march of flags eastern jerusalem

The annual march led by the religious Zionist community, in which participants march and dance with flags throughout the city, culminating in dancing at the Western Wall, is set to make its way Wednesday afternoon through the largely Palestinian eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Jerusalem Day marks the reunification of the city under Israeli control during the Six Day War 44 years ago.

While the parade in previous years took place largely in the western Jerusalem, this year the parade was rerouted through the eastern sector in order to avoid the new light rail tracks.

Young Israelis walking through the streets of Jerusalem and waving Israeli flags during a 2011 celebration of Jerusalem Day.

“Jerusalem will never be divided,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday night during a speech in the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in honor of Jerusalem Day. “There’s nothing more holy to us than Jerusalem, we’ll protect Jerusalem, its unity, and we’ll build and develop it.”

The yeshiva was the site of a terror attack in 2008 in which a Palestinian gunman killed eight students.

“Next year in a more built up Jerusalem,” Netanyahu added, a play on the Jewish prayer of ‘Next year in Jerusalem.’

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