Skip to comments.Netanyahu at Merkaz HaRav: "I Will Never Divide Jerusalem"
Posted on 05/21/2012 1:02:18 AM PDT by Eleutheria5
The traditional Jerusalem Day celebrations at the flagship religious Zionist yeshiva, Merkaz HaRav Kook, took place on Sunday evening so as not to cause desecration of the Sabbath.
This year, in addition to words of Torah about the city, dancing and joyous song led by famed clarinetist Musa Berlin and singer Akiva Margaliot, they included an historical revelation by the head of the yeshiva and an emotional declaration of loyalty to united Jerusalem by the Prime Minister himself, who vowed "I will never forget thee, O Jerusalem" and spoke of the international pressures to give in on the city with which he is confronted - receiving a loud burst of applause from the packed audience.
The celebrations, as always, were attended by the Chief Rabbis and the most renowned Torah luminaries in the religious Zionist world, as well as high ranking public figures including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Education Minister Gideon Saar, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, MK Zevulun Orlev.
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Only after he was elected, though. Before, he posed as a right winger. Same here. Elections have been postponed, but they’re coming. Don’t believe a word he says.
No, I do not believe he will. He may be forced to give away other area, but I do not believe he will divide Jerusalem. When he unified the government, he insulated himself against a lot of the tactics and pressures of outside forces and governments, as well as by those on the inside. It a was a very
shrewd, not so sudden as it appeared move, and Kadima, the leftists, were reduced to only 3 seats- meaning no power, and Livni is gone. Kadima are the folks that want to divide Jerusalem.
Bibi is a very good chess player. What most people do not know about him, other than his father was a noted professor of Jewish history and scholar, is that Bibi is Kohanim- he comes from a long line of Torah scholars- rabbis who were among the gedolim ( great ones), and his responsibility is deeply ingrained in him. He knows exactly what the division of Jerusalem would mean. I do not believe for a moment that he will do it.
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He opened the door to dividing Jerusalem when he divided Hebron.
Doors can close, too. This one is closed, and being locked shut. He has consolidated his power against the left who were trying for it. Ain’t gonna happen.
“Knesset marks Jerusalem Day
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Knesset plenum ‘today we take an oath for a built up Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital’”
The Knesset plenum on Monday convened a special session to mark Jerusalem Day, which was celebrated on Sunday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Opposition Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin addressed the plenum during the event.
“We need to stop for one day every year and realize that we are witnessing and experiencing the fulfillment of a prophecy, the yearning for Zion, the return to Zion and the revival of Zion” Netanyahu told the Knesset plenum.
The prime minister came to the defense of visionary of the state Theodor Herzl, saying “he foresaw the problem and the solution, but he didnt give up on Zion.
“He raised his right hand and said If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither. Today we are raising our hand with the same oath. We are taking an oath for a built up Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel,” he said.
At the opening of the special session, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said “Jerusalem Day is not a religious holiday, nor does it belong to rightists. Any attempt to attribute Jerusalem Day (to a particular group) removes it further from the heart of our shared Jewish identity.
“Disputing over Jerusalem is unbearable, yet being indifferent to its fate is a failure of the Zionist enterprise and Jewish education,” he noted.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that partitioning Jerusalem could result in a religious war.
Speaking at a state ceremony marking Jerusalem Day in the capital’s Ammunition Hill, Netanyahu said: “If we place this quadrate of the Temple Mount in the hands of others, I doubt we will be able to avoid a religious war.
“I know what history has taught us: only under Israeli sovereignty were peace and quiet among the faiths maintained.”
Netanyahu further added, “Israel without Jerusalem is like a body with a weak heart. Never again will our heart be divided.
“A nation willing to sacrifice its heart would convince its enemies it has no desire to fight for anything. Jewish history has changed forever: the divided city has been united and will stay that way.
“Our generation has a great privilege of witnessing the realization of the words of the prophets. It is up to our generation to secure this change for generations to come.”