Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Netanyahu says Explanada and the Wall of Lamentations "will always be of Israel"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today on the occasion of Jerusalem Day commemorating the capture of the Old City 50 years ago that the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall will remain forever Under Israeli sovereignty. "

"This historic achievement will last forever," he said in the Knesset, according to Haaretz newspaper, during an act commemorating what Israel considers the "reunification" of the city with the capture of its eastern part, Territory occupied since 1967 that the Palestinians claim as capital of their future state.

Netanyahu again put his request for the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an election promise made by the new US president, Donald Trump, and then parked to concentrate on trying to bring a rapprochement between Israelis and Palestinians that can revive the peace talks, stalled for more than three years.

"Jerusalem must be home to all embassies, including the (North) American," said the prime minister, a controversial decision that would mean the US acceptance of the Israeli occupation of the eastern part.

Israeli President Reuvén Rivlin also spoke on the occasion of the Jerusalem Day holiday and said that Israel "gave it all for Jerusalem because it knew that Jerusalem was to be insisted on," according to an official note.

Jerusalem is the heart of the State of Israel, and the Kotel (the Wailing Wall) is the heart of Jerusalem, "said Rivlin." There has been no other reality. Before the esplanade of the Wall, the only vestige of the most sacred place for the Jews, which they call Temple Mount and the Muslim Noble Sanctuary or Esplanade of Al Aqsa.

Thousands of Israelis marched through the city today to enter the Muslim quarter of the walled citadel and cross it into the Jewish quarter, claiming their country's sovereignty in the area and reaffirming "unified Jerusalem as the eternal capital and Indivisible of the Jewish people. "

Jerusalem and the Israeli and Palestinian demands on the city are one of the main stumbling blocks to peace in the Middle East.

The international community considers the eastern part of the Palestinian territory to be occupied, but leaves the final delimitation of definitive borders to a peace agreement which the parties have failed to close after more than two decades of disrupted negotiations.

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