Israel: Construction in Jerusalem Is Not Negotiable

(Israel Hayom) Shlomo Cesana - Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin issued a message to heads of parliaments around the world on Tuesday insisting that Israel's decision to build in Jerusalem was "not negotiable." "Israel refuses to accept the fact that mere weeks after rockets were fired from Gaza into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, there are still those who see Israel's decision to hold on to strategic territory surrounding Jerusalem, and to build within its capital, as the biggest obstacle standing in the way of peace." "There is a sense that nations in Europe are more interested in establishing a Palestinian state than in ensuring the safety and existence of the Jewish state," he added. "For many Israelis it was unbearable to hear Hamas leaders calling for war and for wiping out the Jewish state on one side, and the world condemning Israel for taking steps to protect its security and existence on the other side." "Israel will not relinquish control over strategic territories necessary to maintain its security, including the area known as E1, under any future diplomatic arrangement."

2012-12-19 00:00:00

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