Thursday, May 21, 2009

Netanyahu: Jerusalem Shall Never Be Divided & Disunited Again

In recent days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will resume negotiations with the Palestinians and have direct negotiations with the Syrians. This comes in the wake of his visit with President Obama at the White House.

That had to be disheartening to a lot of Israelis. He sure made up for it today.

During a ceremony comemorating the capture of East Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967, Netanyahu said, "A united Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem was and will always be ours. It shall never be divided and disunited again."

The Palestinians chief negotiator Saeb Erekat responded by stating, "Mr. Netanyahu, by saying that, he's saying the state of conflict will be eternal."

Yet it was Erekat himself who said in an interview with Al-Arabiya in December 2007, "Israel can define itself however it sees fit; and if it wishes to call itself a Jewish state, so be it. But the Palestinians will never acknowledge Israel's Jewish identity."

So who is really making this conflict eternal?

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