Rivlin: J'lem's problems will not be solved by dividing it

June 1, 2011 12:51

Problems over Jerusalem will not be solved by dividing it, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Wednesday at a special Knesset session to mark Jerusalem Day.

At the opening of the session, Rivlin said "There are those who feel like in the race for progress in the renewal of 'Hebrewness' and 'Israeliness' [problems over Jerusalem] hold them back. There are those who try to paint Jerusalem as a city of the past, without a future, as a city of minorities, of Haredim and Arabs, a city without Israelis, so to speak."

"The blackening of Jerusalem's face and efforts to make it irrelevant are designed to lead to its division, but we will not be innocent or play dumb - we will not solve problems over Jerusalem by dividing it," Rivlin declared.

Rivlin also criticized the government's neglect of east Jerusalem, saying "We promised a united Jerusalem, but we did not fulfill this promise."

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