Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday decisively underlined Israel's sovereignty over its capital of Jerusalem.
"Over the years, Jerusalem was only our national capital, no one else's," he said, adding that "only under our control did it have freedom of religion."
The premier made the remarks at a special Knesset session marking Jerusalem Day and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six Day War.
Netanyahu indicated that Israel would never allow the capital to return to its pre-1967 status, saying: "The black cloud over Jerusalem disappeared 50 years ago."
"The Temple Mount and Western Wall will stay under Israeli sovereignty forever," he stressed. Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.