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Jerusalem Day celebrated

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18 May 2015
Jerusalem Day celebrated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presided over the official “Jerusalem Day” celebration at the capital’s Ammunition Hill memorial on Sunday evening, commemorating the reunification of Israel’s capital city during the 1967 Six Days War. “We need to tell the truth, without fear,” Netanyahu said. “This is where we began our path as a nation, this is our home and this is where we will stay. Only under Israeli rule will there be freedom of worship for all religions in Jerusalem. Believers pray at their holy sites not in spite of our rule in the city, but precisely because of it. We will forever preserve an undivided Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty…Who opposes our presence in Jerusalem? Those who refuse to recognize our right to exist as a sovereign nation in our own state. They see us as a foreign object that needs to be uprooted.”

“The Islamic extremists threaten Jerusalem, the Middle East and the entire world,” he continued. “Sunni extremists like Islamic State and Shi’ite extremists like the leadership of the ayatollahs in Iran. The Sunni and Shi’ite extremists fight each other, but they have a common enemy – the West and the open and free culture it represents.”

He also reiterated his opposition to Iran’s renegade nuclear program.

Meanwhile, a Jerusalem Day march through the Old City of Israel’s capital was interrupted by scuffles as it passed through the Damascus Gate and shouting matches between some marchers and Arab observers, as well as protesters from some of Israel’s leftist organizations.

 

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