A day before meeting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who on Friday slammed Israel for plans to build some 800 new housing units in Gilo, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went to the Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the 1967 lines and declared that he will continue to build throughout the city.
"United Jerusalem is Israel's eternal capital," he said. "We have the full right to build in it. We built in Jerusalem, we are building in Jerusalem, and we will continue to build Jerusalem," he said.
Netanyahu, who in his successful 1996 prime minister race against Shimon Peres ran under the slogan "Peres will divide Jerusalem," said that "this is our country and I will continue to give support to building in Jerusalem."