Peres: Jerusalem will know peace in our time

President, Netanyahu speak at J'lem Day ceremony honoring those who fell in the battle of Ammunition Hill in 1967; PM: J'lem won't be divided.

June 1, 2011 19:01
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President Peres speaking at Ammunition Hill

President Peres speaking at Ammunition Hill on J'lem Day 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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President Shimon Peres on Wednesday said that he believed "Jerusalem will know peace in our time." Peres made the comments at the Jerusalem Day ceremony honoring those who fell in the battle of Ammunition Hill in 1967.

"I believe in the eternity of Jerusalem," the president added. "I believe that Jerusalem will know true peace soon. Jerusalem, which is celebrating its liberation today - we stand [at] your gates and mourn our sons that fell on your walls."

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke following Peres, saying Israel won't return to a situation where Jerusalem is divided.

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.

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