President Peres speaking at Ammunition Hill on J'lem Day 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
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
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"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."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke following Peres, saying Israel won't return to a situation where Jerusalem is divided.
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
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
"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.