Israel won't return to a situation where Jerusalem is divided, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at the official government ceremony honoring those who fell in the battle of Ammunition Hill in 1967.
At the ceremony, taking place on Jerusalem Day, Netanyahu recalled the days prior to the 1967 Six Day War "when we had to look at the old city from a vantage point. We won't go back [to those days]," after describing his memories of avoiding sniper fire from the Old City's walls.
On the day that Jerusalem was liberated, the prime minister said, "Jerusalem began to breath. It began to sprout wings, to be built and to be developed."
"Jews returned to the Kotel," he added, "New neighborhoods and factories were built."
Speaking of the capital city's current state, Netanyahu said, "Millions of tourists come to the holy city. I'm happy to see that their numbers grow each year."
With the perspective of 44 years, he added, "the day that Jerusalem was united was a day of renewal" for the city.