Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu Binyamin Netanyahu looked out over Jerusalem's holy sites Tuesday and declared the city must forever remain united under Israeli control.
His comments, at times drowned out by the chants of a Muslim preacher, follow growing signs that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is ready to share control of Jerusalem under a final peace settlement with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu and other senior members of the Likud Party on Tuesday climbed the Tower of David, built 2,000 years ago to protect the walls of ancient Jerusalem, and then headed to the Mount of Olives, where Jews believe the dead will be resurrected in the end of days.
"Jerusalem has been the pulsating heart of the Jewish people," Netanyahu said. "Now there are those who come and say, let's divide this heart."