"Jerusalem is the heart of the nation. It will never be divided," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said. He spoke on Tuesday night, at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav Kook, to mark the anniversary of the capital’s reunification, 47-years ago. From 1948 and until the Six-Day War in 1967, the city was split between Israel and Jordan.
"My dear friends, 47 years ago Jerusalem was united. That is how it always was. And this is how it will always be," Netanyahu told students and rabbis at the yeshiva.
He spoke passionately about the Jewish connection to the city which dates back thousands of years. Israel's firm conviction that Jerusalem must remain united under its sovereign control is one of the unresolved issues with the Palestinians. They claim that all the land over the pre-1967 lines, which passed into Israeli control, should be handed over to them to become the capital of their future state.